Swimmer missing at Island Beach State Park

A search continued Tuesday for a swimmer who went missing Monday afternoon at Island Beach State Park.

Coast Guard spokesman Steve Lehmann said a man reported his 59-year-old wife missing after she went into the water off the A22 beach area.

The New Jersey Park Police were joined by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, state police and several fire companies.

Lehmann said the Coast Guard’s search for the woman was never suspended because the autonomous coastal patrol vessel Seahawk was in the area with a crew of 20.

“We didn’t have to worry about fuel or moving personnel. This vessel is pretty much self-sufficient and can maintain this search position in the water longer. They were there all night,” Lehmann told the New Jersey 101.5. .

Six people drowned last week in New Jersey. The most recent was on Monday afternoon when a 27-year-old man drowned on 8th Street beach in Belmar.

Search for missing swimmer at Island Beach State Park 6/13/22

Search for missing swimmer at Island Beach State Park 06/13/22 (Ryan Mack, Jersey Shore Fire Response via MidJersey.news)

The search continued Tuesday morning

Lehmann said as of mid-morning Tuesday, the search is still considered active. A helicopter from the US Coast Guard station in Atlantic City and a small boat from Barnegat station are still searching.

“The research continues, unfortunately, but we maintain our optimism,” Lehmann said.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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