Yesterday afternoon U.S. Coast Guard officials announced the end of a search for a man last seen jumping from the 69th Street Pier.
According to the Associated Press via the Wall Street Journal, the Coast Guard suspended the search and rescue operation at 4 p.m. yesterday – after covering a 50 square mile radius over 12 hours.
Authorities recounted that a witness reported seeing the man plunge into New York’s Upper Bay from Bay Ridge’s 69th Street Pier at around 11:15 p.m. on Sunday.
According to the published account, the witness lost sight of the man as he drifted past the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Lower New York Bay and toward the open water of the Atlantic Ocean.
Members of the FDNY and NYPD, as well as a Coast Guard unit from Atlantic City, N.J. teamed up for the search, which involved both sea and aircraft in the form of rescue boats and helicopters.
The missing man is described as between 45 and 50 years old, and was last seen wearing dark clothes.