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Aug 12, 2016 9:04 AM

Authorities searching for missing paddleboarder near Rye

The Associated Press

RYE (AP) — A search by the Coast Guard and local authorities for a possible missing paddleboarder in waters just north of Rye Harbor has come up empty.

Officials say Coast Guard Sector Northern New England was notified the Rockingham Sheriff's Department that a female paddleboarder was reportedly in distress at about 8 p.m. Thursday.

A 29-foot rescue boat was launched from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor to search the area. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was dispatched from Air Station Cape Cod to assist.

Rockingham sheriffs reported seeing the paddleboarder shining a bright white light about a half-mile off the coast before losing sight of her.

Officials say no other correlating or corresponding reports have been filed.

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