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Crews search water off Seabrook, N.H., after aircraft crashes off coast

Rescue crews responded Sunday evening to a report of a downed aircraft and a possible person in distress in the water near Seabrook Beach in New Hampshire, United States Coast Guard officials said.

A person on the beach called 911 around 7:30 p.m. to report that a blue hang glider had crashed into the ocean about 600 yards off shore, officials said. Coast guard officials later said the aircraft was not a hang glider but a paraglider. Seabrook police said the machine in question was an “ultralight,” a lightweight fixed-wing aircraft, according to a statement from Seabrook police.

It is not yet clear if the glider was occupied or if there is anyone in the water, Coast Guard spokesman Zachary Hupp said Sunday night.

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Local rescue teams are aiding Coast Guard officials in the search for the possible missing person.

Two weeks ago, Seabrook police and fire officials, along with a good samaritan, helped rescue several people from a rip current off Seabrook Beach. Two people died as a result of the dangerous current.

Abigail Feldman can be reached at abigail.feldman@globe.com.