Coast Guard searching for swimmer in Playa Escondida, Fajardo, Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard and Puerto Rico Police rescue crews are searching for a man who reportedly was pulled out behind the reef line by a riptide, while swimming Tuesday morning at Playa Escondida, Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

Coast Guard Search and Rescue Coordinators at Sector San Juan received a 911 call at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday reporting that a bystander at Playa Escondida called in the incident and notified that the missing swimmer was a 54-year-old man.

Coast Guard rescue crews are searching at the scene aboard an Air Station Borinquen, Aguadilla MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and the Coast Guard Cutter Chincoteague. The crew of the Chincoteague launched a boat crew aboard their small boat to further assist with the search. Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action rescue crews are also searching with land teams and aboard two jet skies at the scene.

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