Search for missing boater ongoing

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LONGPORT - New Jersey State Police are continuing a search for a man who fell overboard after a boating accident near the jetty in Longport Sunday night.

According to New Jersey State Police, a pontoon boat crashed into a channel marker and one person was ejected.

Although the U.S. Coast Guard has called off its search, Sgt. Brian Polite of the NJ State Police said marine crews are continue their search for power boater Andrew Biddle, 44, of Egg Harbor Township.

Police declined to identify the other person in the boat, who was able to swim to safety.

“We won’t release any information because the investigation is ongoing,” Polite said Tuesday afternoon.

Lt. K. Moore, commander of the Atlantic City Coast Guard base said the accident was called into Longport Police at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20. The Coast Guard’s search ended at 6 p.m. on Monday.

“We conducted a nearly 20-hour search, but after exhausting all resources, the chances for survival based on water temperature and time in the water is slim,” Moore said.

According to the American Power Boat Association, Biddle is ranked first in the SuperStock Class P-1 Offshore racing category, having won three competitions in Florida since November 2013.

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