Coast Guard searches, finds missing teen safe

BOSTON – The Coast Guard launched a search today for an 18-year-old woman feared to have fallen in the water, but who was later found safe at a nearby marina in Eastport, Maine.

Eastport Police first notified Coast Guard Sector Northern New England at 3 a.m., that Amanda Brown’s car was found empty at the Eastport breakwater, where it was reported to have been parked for more than an hour.

The police contacted Brown’s father, who made several unsuccessful attempts to reach her on her cell phone.

Coast Guard Station Eastport deployed a 25-foot rescue boat crew, and a Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Air Station Cape Cod. Both assets searched until about 7 a.m., when the police located her on land.

“When we get a report of a missing person in the water, we can’t afford to hesitate – we have to hit it hard and fast,” said Lt. Lisa Tinker, Sector Northern New England’s command center supervisor. “We were all just really relieved that she was safe.”

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