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Coast Guard Searching for Missing Swimmer at Jersey Shore

Authorities have identified a woman who disappeared while swimming in the waters off the Jersey Shore early Sunday. 

Point Pleasant Beach police say 24-year-old Zuzana Oravcova, from Slovakia, was reported missing around 2:25 a.m. Sunday. She had been swimming with a male friend when both swimmers started having problems and Oravcova was unable to make it to shore.

Officials say the 23-year-old man, also from Slovakia, sought help once he made it to shore.

The Coast Guard was notified about the disappearance and soon launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from its Manasquan Inlet station and a MH-65 Dolphin aircrew from Air Station Atlantic City.

A massive search operation was launched and continued through the day. The Coast Guard called off the search before 10 p.m. Sunday.

The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a warning about dangerous rip currents along the Jersey Shore. It's due to remain in effect until Sunday night.

Forecasters said the currents could potentially be life-threatening, so they urged beachgoers to speak with lifeguards about any concerns they have and to follow all swimming flags and signs.

They also warned that a moderate risk for dangerous rip currents may also exist on Monday.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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