Coast Guard suspends search for missing swimmer near Gulf Shores

USCG MH-65 File Photo

USCG MH-65 File Photo

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard suspended its search at 7:23 p.m. Thursday for a missing swimmer near Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Rescue crews searched more than 118 square miles for a combined search time of 8.8 hours.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a call from a good Samaritan at 7:36 p.m. on Wednesday of a swimmer entering the water and not resurfacing after going under a wave. The watchstanders coordinated the launch of two Coast Guard rescue crews to assist partner agencies with the search.

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans
  • Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island
  • Gulf Shores Police Department
  • Gulf Shores Fire and Rescue
  • Alabama Marine Resources Division

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