A search for a 17-year-old boy who disappeared while swimming off a beach in Long Branch has been suspended.

Search off Long Branch for missing swimmer

Family and friends reported the teen missing shortly before 5:45 p.m. Sunday. Police say friends told them he was swimming when he went under and didn’t come back up.

Coast Guard officials tell The Asbury Park Press of Neptune that the water and air search was halted Monday afternoon after approximately 14 hours.

The Coast Guard says the search covered at 88 nautical square miles and involved helicopters, boats and divers.

The boy hasn’t been identified.

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