Coast Guard, local police search for man in Delaware River near Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA ─ The Coast Guard is searching for a 26-year-old man in the Delaware River here Monday.

Missing is Jose Ortiz who was last seen wearing a white tank top and jean shorts.

At approximately 10:40 p.m. Sunday, a member of Philadelphia Fire Dispatch notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, in Philadelphia, reporting Ortiz was missing.

According to friends, Ortiz was at a barbecue near the river and disappeared. His friends believed he may have fallen into the river, north of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.

A 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew from Coast Guard Station Philadelphia, a Philadelphia Police Aviation Unit helicopter crew and members of the Philadelphia Police Marine Unit searched for Ortiz Sunday night and will resume searching Monday.

Anyone with information about Ortiz’s location is requested to call the Coast Guard command center at 215-271-4940.

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