Coast Guard suspends search for missing Miami native off Wildwood, NJ

5th Coast Guard District News
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday for a swimmer who went missing off Wildwood Saturday.

Christian Alfred, 24, a Miami native who was attending school in New York City, was reportedly swimming near Rio Grande Avenue when he was witnessed struggling in the water and not resurfacing.

Units involved in the search included:

  • A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City
  • A 25-foot boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Cape May
  • New Jersey State Police
  • Wildwood Beach Patrol
  • Good Samaritans

“My deepest sympathy is with the family, and I can’t imaging what they’re going through at this time,” said Lt. Cmdr. Rick Detar, chief of enforcement at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. “Upon initial notification, we had great coordination with state and local authorities, as well as our Coast Guard resources, to maintain an on-scene presence throughout the night and into the morning. When entering the water, ensure you are in a well-supervised area with the proper personal protective gear.”

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  1. Dana Trawick says:

    As one of the group of people who was pulled out to sea by a strong current, I would like to sincerely thank the life guards and coastal response team who came to the rescue after two good Samaritans rushed some 100 yards into the water to help. We were in complete distress and minutes were precious. Thank you again to the life guard Kelsey who was so helpful in plunge me back to the shore after two men came into the water to rescue my brother and I from danger. The two men who charged out to help us after a tide pulled us, are true heroes! They were diligent, calm, and so humble in helping to save our lives. This experience was traumatic but thank God for the rescue efforts! My heartfelt condolences are extended to the family and friends of Mr. Christian Alfred– the swimmer who was lost at sea and lost his life.