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Coast Guard suspends search for missing woman swept away near Long Beach

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The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing woman who was swept away while swimming with her boyfriend near Long Beach, Washington.

Coast Guard officials said they received a call Wednesday from Pacific County dispatch that a woman had gone missing around 10:37 p.m.

The woman’s boyfriend told the Coast Guard they had been swimming together when he lost sight of her after she went underwater.

Crews launched a Jayhawk helicopter and a 47-foot life boat and searched throughout the night before dense fog and darkness caused safety concerns. An air crew returned to the scene at sunrise and continued searching until 9:30 a.m. 

The search was suspended at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. In total, the search efforts covered 625 trackline miles within 48 square miles. Washington State Patrol also conducted a beach search. 

The woman’s identity has yet to be released.

"Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the missing woman," said Capt. David Berliner, deputy commander, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. "The decision to suspend a search and rescue case is the hardest decision I make as a leader and Coast Guardsman, but I also know our crews did everything they could have done to have a better outcome."

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