Report of missing N.J. swimmer unfounded

    The Coast Guard says it considers a report of a missing swimmer off Point Pleasant Beach to be unfounded.

    A rescue operation was launched Tuesday night after someone reported seeing a swimmer out too far from shore after lifeguards had gone home for the day.

    Boats and a helicopter searched for 2 ½ hours, but found no one.

    Coast Guard Petty Officer Cynthia Oldham says no one has been reported missing in the area.

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    The search was suspended around 10 p.m. and the case was listed as unfounded. If evidence develops that someone is missing, the case could be re-opened.

    There have been five ocean drownings at the Jersey shore this summer. All occurred while there were no lifeguards on duty.

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