At least 2 swimmers missing off N.J. Thursday evening

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Authorities are searching for swimmers in the waters off New Jersey Thursday evening.

In Monmouth County’s Belmar, emergency personnel responded to two incidents within less than an hour late Thursday afternoon, a fire department source said.

In the first incident, rescue crew responded to the vicinity of the 9th Avenue beach around 6:30 p.m. and pulled a swimmer from the ocean, according to the source. Another swimmer was pulled from the nearby water shortly after the first rescue.

The condition of both swimmers were not immediately known. Emergency crews continued to search for another possible missing swimmer Thursday evening, bystanders said. Authorities had not released an official statement as of 9:30 p.m.

In Atlantic City, a city police department spokesperson tweeted that firefighters, beach patrol, and the United States Coast Guard were searching for two missing swimmers off in the waters off the Martin Luther King Jr. beach.

The two teenagers reportedly went missing around 6:30 p.m. The Press of Atlantic City reported that a male swimmer attempted to rescue a female from the water. Authorities said Thursday evening that crews were working on a recovery.

The National Weather Service advised of a moderate risk of rip current development on Thursday.

This is a developing story. 

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