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Search for downed paraglider suspended

Union Leader Correspondent

September 03. 2018 7:30PM
Hampton Firefighters assisted with a marine search off Seabrook Beach Sunday night. (Twitter)

SEABROOK — After searching 201 square nautical miles for a paraglider reported in the water near Seabrook Beach, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its efforts Monday pending any further development.

The initial 911 call came in from a beach patron around 7:15 p.m. Sunday. A person in distress was reported 600 yards from the beach, according to a press release.

Coast Guard crews, as well as Seabrook and Hampton emergency responders, were sent to the scene. Firefighters and police officers from Salisbury, Mass., also assisted in the search.

On Sunday night, Coast Guard officials reported a 29-foot rescue boat crew from Portsmouth Harbor and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Cape Cod were searching the water.

A news release said there were no correlating reports of a missing person at that time.

On Monday morning, a Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry from Air Station Cape Cod performed an hour-long search near Seabrook Beach.

An 87-foot patrol boat was expected to join the efforts Monday, but the Coast Guard suspended the search at 12:39 p.m.

“After an extensive search with our Coast Guard assets alongside local agencies, we have not made any new developments with the case,” Chief Petty Officer Geoff Potter, an operations specialist from the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England command center, said in a statement.

Officials said they did not find anything during their search.

In a news release Monday, officials said two 47-foot motor lifeboat crews and the New Hampshire Marine Patrol also assisted in the search, which lasted 18 hours.

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