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Search for Missing Paddleboarder in NH Comes Up Empty

A 29-foot rescue boat was launched from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor to search the area

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A search by the Coast Guard and local authorities for a possible missing paddleboarder in waters just north of Rye Harbor in New Hampshire has come up empty. 

Officials say Coast Guard Sector Northern New England was notified the Rockingham Sheriff's Department that a female paddleboarder was reportedly in distress at about 8 p.m. Thursday. 

A 29-foot rescue boat was launched from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor to search the area. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was dispatched from Air Station Cape Cod to assist. 

Rockingham sheriffs reported seeing the paddleboarder shining a bright white light about a half-mile off the coast before losing sight of her. 

Crews resumed searching at first light Friday morning and searched for more than five hours. After no findings, the search was suspended.

Officials say no other correlating or corresponding reports have been filed.

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