First responders continued searching late Sunday night in the ocean off Smith Point County Park in Shirley for a swimmer who went missing earlier, officials said.
The U.S. Coast Guard received a call from the Suffolk County Police Department at about 6:40 p.m. reporting a man wearing a white and grey swim suit who never surfaced, the agency said in a news release.
The man is believed to be between 19 and 21 years old, Petty Officer Frank Iannazzo-Simmons said.
“The missing swimmer’s friends initially notified local life guards and park police that their friend swam out off the beach and didn’t return,” the Coast Guard’s release said.
The Coast Guard plans to send in new crew for the search around 2 a.m. Monday and a helicopter is scheduled to sweep the area at first light, Iannazzo-Simmons said.
Suffolk County Park Ranger Sgt. Bill Curcie said the man was among a group of six at the beach, three or four of whom were in the water before they got separated. One of the missing swimmer’s friends was rescued from the water by a park ranger, he said.
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