Kite surfer missing in Sandy Hook Bay after strings tangle with motorboat

Saturday, August 5, 2017
Search for missing kite surfer in Sandy Hook Bay
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AJ Ross reports from Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

SANDY HOOK, New Jersey (WABC) -- The NYPD and the Coast Guard are searching for a missing kite surfer in Sandy Hook Bay.

According to the Coast Guard, the surfer went missing around 5:30 p.m. Friday after the surfer's strings became entangled with a nearby motorboat and went underwater near Horseshoe Cove in Gateway National Park.

A boater in the area reported seeing the surfer, a man in his 20s or 30s, go down.

The boater says he saw an unconscious man attached to a kite in harness, but as he was trying to pull the surfer from the water, a gust of wind pulled the kite line from his hands and he lost sight of the man.

In addition to the NYPD and Coast Guard, first-responders from Monmouth County and Atlantic Highlands are assisting in the search.

A popular barrier spit, Sandy Hook is known to attract kiteboarders and surfers from all over.

People who live nearby say they saw nearly a dozen kite surfers on the water Friday.

In the sport, riders use surfboards and large kites to propel themselves across the water.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)