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Coast Guard finds no evidence boy is missing in water in New Bedford

The Coast Guard this morning suspended a search that had followed a report of a boy missing Saturday evening in the ocean near Fort Taber Park in New Bedford, Coast Guard spokesman Ross Ruddell said.

Authorities said they found no evidence that anybody matching the description of the boy is missing, and their search has not turned up a body.

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The Coast Guard, State Police, and local authorities began searching around 6 p.m. Saturday after some passersby reported seeing a boy about 12 or 13 years old who jumped off a pier into the water and did not resurface.

A State Police helicopter and Coast Guard helicopter as well as a dive team, and rescue boats searched for more than two hours Saturday night but stopped when it got dark.

A Coast Guard boat continued to search throughout the night without success.

Todd Feathers can be reached at todd.feathers@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @ToddFeathers.
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