Search suspended for woman swept into ocean off Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Wash. – The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a woman who was swept into the ocean in Long Beach, Wash. Wednesday night.

The woman’s boyfriend reported that she had been swept into the ocean at 10:15 p.m. and rescue crews in a helicopter and boat started searching for her about 20 minutes later, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard.

The search was paused between 3 a.m. and daybreak due to unsafe conditions then officially suspended at 10:45 a.m. Thursday.   

"Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the missing woman," said Capt. David Berliner. "The decision to suspend a search and rescue case is the hardest decision I make as a leader and Coast Guardsman, but I also know our crews did everything they could have done to have a better outcome."

The woman has not yet been identified.

Coast guard officials said both the sea and air at Long Beach are 60 degrees.  



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