From press staff reports

Two Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City helicopters helped in a search for a New York man missing in the water off a Delaware beach that was terminated Sunday with the man not found and presumed drowned.

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Petty Officer Cynthia Oldham said the man, described as about 30 years old, was at a beach on the south side of Indian River Inlet with his young children about 8 a.m. when he went into the water. Oldham said the man did not know how to swim. His name was not released.

A Coast Guard officer who serves at Station Indian River was at the beach at the time and a initiated a search immediately. Station Indian River searched with a 47-foot boat while Air Station Atlantic City sent two helicopters. The Delaware State Police and emergency crews from Bethany Beach and Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control took part.

The search was terminated about 3:30 p.m., Oldham said. She said the man may have waded in and been hit by a wave.

"People need to be made aware of how dangerous the ocean is," Oldham said.

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