The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing person after crews spent hours scouring the water off of Nantasket Beach in Hull, Massachusetts.
The search was prompted by a good Samaritan who reported seeing a woman in light colored clothing dive into the water at Nantasket Beach Monday night but did not see her come back out. That good Samaritan called police around 5:30 p.m. Monday and Hull police then requested backup, the Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard sent a crew out on a 29 foot vessel from Point Allerton overnight. A helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod took off for a first light search once the sun came up Tuesday.
Shortly after 9 a.m., the Coast Guard said it had suspended its search pending further information. They said crews searched a total of 10 hours and 40 square miles with no sign of the person in the water.
Agencies worked into the night to conduct a shoreline search using sonar equipment. With gusts of about 20 knots and frigid temperatures, officials said chances of hypothermia were high.
“The temperature of the water, the wind, obviously it being dark outside requires us to work a little slower, work a little safer," Hull Deputy Fire Chief Bill Frazier said.
Clinton Pendleton, of Hull, told NBC10 Boston that he saw the heavy response from law enforcement.
“I live right down on the beach, a few minutes after I got home around 7:40 the road was lined with crews and fire trucks and stuff," Pendleton said.
The search is not the result of a missing or capsized boat, officials said. No further information was immediately available.