Report of ‘baseless’ glider plane after frantic search in waters off Long Beach Island

LONG BEACH ISLAND, N.J. (WABC) – The Ocean County Sheriff’s Office told ABC News that reports of a glider in the waters off Long Beach Island were “baseless.” , after the news sparked a frantic search for the plane and possible victims.

The incident was initially reported a mile off the coast around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy said officers were on jet skis and multiple agencies were actively searching the waters after a witness reported the plane entered the water.

The Coast Guard tweeted that it was responding to the scene:

The New Jersey State Police was also assisting in the search effort.

As of 12:45 p.m., officials said they had not located any aircraft or casualties.

The Coast Guard issued a statement later Thursday afternoon saying it had suspended its search.

“After careful consideration, we have suspended the search for the reported aircraft,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ben Walsh, search and rescue mission coordinator for Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. “Quick action by our Coast Guard crews and local partners and extensive coverage of the search area enabled us to make this decision, pending further developments.”

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