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Coast Guard suspends search for swimmer

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By Jennifer Petracca

Coast Guard rescue crews have suspended a search that began yesterday after a boy was reportedly seen jumping into the water in New Bedford and before disappearing.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeast New England were notified by New Bedford Police around 6 p.m. on Saturday after a woman claimed she saw a young boy, about 12 or 13 years of age, jump from the New Bedford pier into the water where he surfaced and then went under without resurfacing.

During the search, the Coast Guard launched a rescue crew aboard a 47-foot motor life boat, and Air Station Cape Cod launched a rescue crew aboard a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The New Bedford Police Department and the New Bedford Fire Department also had search teams on stand-by.

After multiple crews searched an extensive area by sea and air with no sightings or correlating reports, the Coast Guard actively suspended the search at about 10 p.m. Saturday. 

"We always appreciate the public's vigilance - and the reporting source did exactly the right thing by contacting us,” said Chief Petty Officer Michael Caianello, the command duty officer at Sector Southeast. "But with no reports of any missing people or additional sightings on the area, in this case, we believe it was a false alarm," he said. 

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