Reports of ‘objects’ in water spark Cape May search

     Authorities take a statement from an unidentified eyewitness near the beach in Cape May late this afternoon. (Photo courtesy of John Cooke)

    Authorities take a statement from an unidentified eyewitness near the beach in Cape May late this afternoon. (Photo courtesy of John Cooke)

    Numerous agencies searched the ocean off Cape May late Saturday afternoon after reports of possible “objects” in the water. 

    Firefighters responded to the beach near Queen Street shortly after 5 p.m. to begin the search. 

    When nothing was immediately located, authorities requested a fire boat, dive team, the New Jersey State Police, and the U.S. Coast Guard to assist. 

    Multiple jurisdiction search for report objects in ocean #Capemay incl @uscg State and local @CapeMayPolice @JSHurricaneNews @HeraldNews pic.twitter.com/PezqcYQZGD

    — John Cooke (@CookeCapeMay) April 1, 2017

    City resident John Cooke, author of a popular local blog, shot images of a Coast Guard and Town Bank Volunteer Fire Department boat searching offshore.

    #BreakingNews #CapeMay Conflicting reports of object falling from sky. @USCG assets with State and @CapeMayPolice searching @ACPress_Hughes pic.twitter.com/BmCu7orUDS

    — John Cooke (@CookeCapeMay) April 1, 2017

    “Really a good effort,” he said. 

    The search was suspended around sunset due to darkness.

    Cooke also reported that local and state people took statements from people who said they saw something in the water.

    But the mystery remains unsolved as of Saturday evening. Authorities have not yet released an official statement about the activity or the objects reportedly spotted. 

    On Sunday, authorities said there were no plans to resume the search. 

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