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Coast Guard Suspends Search For Missing Kite Surfer Off Sandy Hook

SANDY HOOK: The Coast Guard and other local agencies have suspended their search for a kite surfer who went missing on Friday evening.

Around 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 4, a boater reported seeing a "kite surfer is distress" near Horseshoe Cove in Gateway National Park at Sandy Hook.

"The boater stated he located an unconscious male attached to a kite in a harness," according to a release from the US Coast Guard. "As the boater tried to pull the kite surfer from the water, a large gust of wind pulled the kite line out of his hands and he lost site of the unconscious man in the water."

A rescue crew from US Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook was dispatched and to find the kite surfer who has been described as a white male with dark hair who was wearing black shorts.

Several local agencies including the Monmouth County Police Department, Atlantic Highlands Fire Department and the New Jersey State Police have been looking for the man since that time. Their search was called off on Saturday afternoon after crews searched more than 150 square miles and logged 30 combined total search hours.

"Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make," said Cmdr. Brian Murphy, Sector New York search and rescue mission coordinator. "After heavily saturating the area with Coast Guard and partner agency assets, we have suspended the active search. We will resume searching if any new information is obtained which would assist us in locating the missing kite surfer."

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