Coast Guard searching for missing 17-year-old swimmer near Long Branch, N.J.

NEW YORK – The Coast Guard is searching for a 17-year-old boy in the waters near Long Branch, N.J., Sunday.

At 5:55 p.m., the Long Branch Police Department requested a Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City to assist in the search for a 14-year-old male who had been swimming in the waters off Pier Village in Long Branch, N.J., had reportedly gone under and did not resurface.

The Coast Guard Sector New York Command Center dispatched an urgent marine information broadcast, launched a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook, N.J., and a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., both of which are on scene.

Assets from the Long Branch Police Department, the Long Branch Fire Department, the New Jersey State Police, the Monmouth, N.J., Fire Department and local lifeguards are searching.

“We are conducting parallel searches in an area approximately two square nautical miles and working with local agencies,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Brad Stuetz, an operations specialist with Coast Guard Sector New York Command Center.


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