Water search ongoing in Shark River Inlet for 17-year-old free diver
Authorities are searching the Shark River Inlet for a missing teenager.
According to a U.S. Coast Guard release, the 17-year-old free diver was reported missing in the inlet, which divides Belmar and Avon in Monmouth County.
The Coast Guard dispatched a 29-foot response boat-small rescue crew from Station Shark River and an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City after Belmar police notified the agency around 5 p.m.
Members of the Avon and Belmar police departments are also searching, the release said.
Social media postings indicate that the ANSWER Team, a local volunteer water rescue squad, and lifeguards are also assisting.
The Shark River Inlet is currently closed to maritime vessel traffic for the safety of search and rescue divers.
Coast Guard, police search for missing teen diver in Shark River Inlet
Toniann Antonelli July 16, 2016 7:37 PM
Crews from the Coast Guard are joining police in the search for a diver who went missing in the Shark River Inlet near Belmar Saturday.
According to a Coast Guard statement, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay were contacted by the Belmar Police Department late Saturday afternoon. Authorities said a 17-year-old “free diver” had gone missing around 5 p.m. in the Shark River Inlet, near Belmar, officials said.
A Coast Guard crew in a 29-foot Response Boat-Small from the Shark River station began searching the inlet as an air crew in an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter was dispatched from Air Station Atlantic City to search from the air, according to a statement.
The Coast Guard said crews from the Avon-By-The-Sea and Belmar Police Departments are joining in the search as well.
“Shark River Inlet is currently closed to maritime vessel traffic for the safety of search and rescue divers on scene,” according to the Coast Guard statement.
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