Coast Guard suspends search for missing girl near Long Beach, Wash.

LONG BEACH, Wash. — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for an 11-year-old girl who was reportedly swept out to sea while swimming near Long Beach, Washington, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, Washington, received a call from Pacific County Sheriffs Office, at approximately 2:15 p.m., requesting assistance in the search and rescue of a girl and her 10-year-old brother who were pulled out to sea.

The boy was rescued from the water by the county sheriffs and taken to a local hospital for medical care. However the girl was not immediately rescued and remains missing.

The Coast Guard responded to search area with an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Oregon, and two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews and two 29-foot Response Boat – Small II crews from Station Cape Disappointment.

“It’s always a difficult call to make when we suspend a search and rescue case, “ said Senior Chief Petty Officer Joseph Dalida, command center supervisor at Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Oregon. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of the missing girl during this difficult time.”

The Coast Guard conducted seven hours of searching, covering more than 59-square-miles.

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