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Search halted for Atlantic City swimmer reported missing

Coast Guard vessels and a helicopter has looked for the man for nearly 24 hours without finding anything.

File Photo: A Coast Guard rescue boat.
File Photo: A Coast Guard rescue boat.Read moreU.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a swimmer reported missing in the water near the Steel Pier in Atlantic City.

The search ended about 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Coast Guard said.

It began about 10 p.m. Tuesday when Atlantic City police notified the Coast Guard that a man had been reported missing in the ocean.

Atlantic City police said officers responded at 9:43 p.m. Tuesday for an unconfirmed report of a missing swimmer.

"Officers spoke with a female who was under Steel Pier with a 31-year-old male who went into the ocean around 8:15 p.m." police said in a statement Wednesday. "The female left the area before the male returned. It is unknown at this time if the swimmer returned to land."

Coast Guard crews searched throughout Tuesday night and all day Wednesday using two rescue boats, a cutter, and a helicopter to look for the missing swimmer.

At least seven people have drowned at the Jersey Shore since Memorial Day, including two teenagers in Atlantic City in June.