NEW JERSEY – The Coast Guard and local police are searching for a missing diver in the Shark River Inlet in the vicinity of Belmar, New Jersey.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay were notified by the Belmar Police department that a 17-year old free diver was reportedly missing in the Shark River Inlet at around 5 p.m.

A Coast Guard rescue boat and crew was dispatched from Station Shark River.

Shark River Inlet is currently closed to maritime vessel traffic for the safety of search and rescue divers on scene.