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An hour-long, joint FDNY and NYPD sea-borne rescue effort ended in frustration on Saturday, after emergency divers and boaters failed to find a wayward swimmer who plunged into the bay for an early evening dip, never to return.

A witness called first responders to Coney Island Beach near W. 31st Street at 6:27 pm, after spotting a man shed his clothes and slip into the water without coming back to shore, according to a spokesman for the FDNY.

The Fire Department responded with three engine companies, two truck companies, two boats, and a rescue company — roughly thirty firefighters and at least two divers — who scoured the seas until 8:06 pm, before the call was made for all divers to return to shore.

Nothing was found of the missing man, except the clothes he left behind on the beach, according to witnesses.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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