Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Swimmer

Coast Guard crews and local agencies have called off their search for a missing man in the waters off Westbrook, Connecticut.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound watchstanders were notified by Connecticut State Police just after 11:00 a.m., on Monday, September 3, that 20-year-old Benji Aven from Texas was missing after he was last seen on a sandbar near Salt Island off Westbrook, Connecticut, early Sunday morning. According the the New Haven Register, Aven’s friends, who were staying at a local hotel, thought that Aven had returned to the hotel, but found no sign of him in the morning. It is presumed that Aven attempted to swim back to shore after the tide rose and covered the sandbar.

Rescue boat crews and a rescue helicopter crew searched for the man. Local and state emergency responders from Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Westbrook and Clinton fire departments also participated in the search.

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