Coast Guard Calls Off Search For Missing Boy

coast guard helicopterNEW BEDFORD- Coast Guard rescue crews called off the search for a boy who reportedly disappeared in the water in New Bedford Saturday evening.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeast New England were notified by the New Bedford Police Department that at about 6 p.m., a woman saw a young boy jump from the New Bedford Pier into the water, surface, then go under again without re-surfacing.

She said she thought the boy looked about 12 or 13 years old.

Multiple air and boat crews searched an extensive area until 10 p.m. with with no sightings or correlating reports.

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The search was then called off pending further developments.

“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. “But with no reports of any missing people or additional sightings in the area, in this case, we believe it was a false alarm.”

Coast Guard Station Menemsha, from Martha’s Vineyard 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.