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Search suspended for Limerick man who went missing off coast of New York

The man was reported missing after going swimming in the early hours of Monday morning.

2 Police cruisers at the scene of where the man entered the waters off the shores of Long Beach Source:

SEARCHES ARE CONTINUING in New York for a missing 30-year-old man, who hasn’t been seen since entering the sea early on Monday morning.

The man is believed to be from Limerick, according to the Limerick Leader, and had reportedly been living in the borough of Brooklyn.

He had entered the waters off the coast of Long Island with two friends at 2am US time (7am Irish time) on Monday morning.

The US Coast Guard has said it has made the “difficult decision” to suspend the search.

“After searching extensively throughout the night and daylight hours, in coordination with our partner agencies, we have made the difficult decision to suspend our search,” said Commander Andrew Ely, chief of response for Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, told the New York Post.

Rescuers had covered more than 650 miles during a 29-hour search but had been unable to locate the missing man.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it “cannot comment on individual consular cases”.

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