Water search underway for swimmer missing off Sandy Hook

    UPDATE (10 P.M.): The aviation and water operations have been suspended. 

    A search is ongoing for a swimmer reported missing in the ocean off Sandy Hook, National Park Service spokeswoman Daphne Yun said.

    The search for the swimmer began shortly before sunset today off Beach B in Gateway National Recreation Area Sandy Hook, Yun said. 

    Multiple agencies are participating in the search for the missing swimmer, identified only as a 25-year-old male, the spokeswoman said. 

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    The US Coast Guard, NYPD Aviation Unit, and the National Park Service are on the scene, Yun said. 

    Video from the scene showed multiple lifeguards in the water as well as a rescue swimmer hanging on a rope from a helicopter. 

    Lifeguards were pulled from the water shortly after sunset, according to Monmouth County Police, Fire & EMS.

    “Please only swim when lifeguards are on duty [at Sandy Hook] between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.,” Yun said. 

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