Associated Press
Sunday, September 6, 2015

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — The Coast Guard says crews have stopped searching for a man who went missing while swimming off Ocean City.

The Coast Guard says 35-year-old James Lenhart disappeared around 1 a.m. Sunday.

Crews from the Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies spent 10 hours searching for him, covering 55 nautical square miles.

Cmdr. Michael Keane, chief of response at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, says the decision to suspend the search was a difficult one and his thoughts are with the missing man’s family.

In an unrelated incident Saturday evening, Ocean City police are investigating the apparent drowning of a 7-year-old girl who was knocked down by a wave and disappeared under the surf. Police say no lifeguards were on duty when the girl went under the water early Saturday evening at the Ocean City Inlet beach.

Police spokesman Jessica Waters says rescue drivers found the girl and took her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police believe the girl drowned, but an autopsy is being conducted and the death is still under investigation.

Waters says the water was rough on Saturday, and she urged people not to swim unless lifeguards are present.

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