Search called off for missing New Jersey swimmer

May 29, 2012 10:35:14 AM PDT
Search teams called off their search Tuesday for a 17-year-old boy who disappeared while swimming Sunday off Long Branch.

The loss is devastating for the family and friends of Rudy Mena, of Paterson.

The water and air search was halted Monday after approximately 14 hours, but resumed for a brief period Tuesday.

The Coast Guard says the search covered at 88 nautical square miles and involved helicopters, boats and divers. An aerial search was conducted from Asbury to Oceanic beach, and a Coast Guard boat searched from Long Branch to Monmouth Beach.

Mena vanished in knee-deep water Sunday evening. A wave knocked him over, and the teen never resurfaced.

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