Coast Guard searches for swimmer in “La Villa Pesquera,” Isabela, Puerto Rico

7th Coast Guard District NewsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue crews continue searching Wednesday for a missing swimmer in the fishing village (La Villa Pesquera) of Isabela, Puerto Rico.

Missing is Nelson Vargas Sierra, 28, who was last seen by a friend jumping off the rocks into the water, while swimming in the fishing village, and reportedly was not seen resurfacing.

Coast Guard Watchstanders in Sector San Juan received a call from a 911 emergency operator at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, who relayed the report from the swimmer’s friend.

Rescue crews aboard Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Air Station Borinquen, Aguadilla, were launched Tuesday and searched on scene throughout the night to find Vargas. Coast Guard rescue crews aboard MH-65 Dolphin helicopters and a Coast Guard 45-foot response boat continue searching Wednesday morning alongside local emergency responders and Puerto Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action maritime units.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the missing swimmer are requested to contact the Coast Guard Sector San Juan Command Center at 787-289-2041.

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