- Associated Press - Sunday, July 6, 2014

SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (AP) - Rescue crews have ended their search for a paddle boarder who reportedly went missing in waters off the Jersey Shore this weekend.

The Star-Ledger (https://bit.ly/1n5izPP) reports that the search started Saturday night after someone told a beach club staffer that a paddle boarder had gone into the water near Sea Bright and had not returned.

The staffer notified police, who began a lengthy search with the help of the Coast Guard and emergency responders from Sea Bright and other nearby towns.

Sea Bright police announced Sunday morning that they were not planning to resume the search, calling the missing person report “unconfirmed.” They said there was no evidence that anyone had actually gone missing, noting that no one has been reported missing and no cars or clothes were left behind in the area.

“Could be that (the paddle boarder) left and landed someplace else on the beach. Sea Bright Police Chief John Sorrentino told the Asbury Park Press (https://on.app.com/TX3og8 ). “We really had no idea where he was, (or) if he was in distress.”

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