Coast Guard, partner agencies searching for missing kite surfer near Sandy Hook, N.J.

NEW YORK — Coast Guard and partner agency crews are searching for a missing kite surfer near Sandy Hook Bay.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. Friday, watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector New York command center received a report over the radio from a boater stating they witnessed a kite surfer in distress near Horseshoe Cove in the Gateway National Park.

The boater stated he located an unconscious male attached to a kite in a harness. As the boater tried to pull the kite surfer from the water, a large gust of wind pulled the kite line out of his hands and he lost site of the unconscious man in the water.

The command center issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) and launched a rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook.

The kite surfer was described as being a white male with dark hair and wearing black shorts.

Assisting in the search are:

  • A Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook boatcrew
  • A Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew
  • New York Police Department Aviation and Marine Unit
  • New York Fire Department Marine Unit
  • New Jersey State Police
  • U.S. Park Police
  • Atlantic Highlands Fire Department
  • Monmouth County Police Department

Anyone with amplifying information about this case is asked to contact the Coast Guard command center at 718-354-4353.

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