The U.S. Coast Guard ended a search and rescue mission Wednesday morning for a surfer who was seen struggling in the water off Brigantine Tuesday night.
Authorities found no evidence of a drowning in the water and are optimistic any person struggling in the water made it back onto shore safely.
A fisherman called the Brigantine Police Department at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when he saw ”a surfer in distress” off 14th Street. Three officers responded and said they saw someone in the water waving his or her arms.
The Coast Guard sent two boats and two helicopters to assist in the search but did not locate a person, a surfboard, a vehicle in the area or anything else to confirm someone went in the water. The search was suspended at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and resumed at 7:30 a.m. this morning until it was ceased at 10:30 a.m., said Duty Officer Tom Peck.
Peck said they are hopeful the surfer was able to make it to shore safely. He added authorities have not received any missing person reports.