UPDATE: Missing Swimmer Found at East Haven Town Beach (VIDEO)

East Haven fire and police departments searched for more than two hours for a missing female swimmer in the area of the town beach.

Updated at 12:45 a.m. on Thursday

After almost a two hour search the 27-year-old female swimmer that went missing off the East Haven shoreline Wednesday evening was found alive — and in relatively good condition.

East Haven Fire and police departments responded to a report of a missing swimmer at the town beach at about 8:30 p.m.

The woman was described as having blond hair, and fully clothed at the time of her disappearance.

Once on the scene, East Haven Fire deployed both of its marine units to begin a search of the beach for the missing swimmer.

A short time later, marine units from Branford and West Haven fire departments joined East Haven in the search, along with the United States Coast Guard.

In addition to a boat, the Coast Guard also deployed a helicopter to sweep the shoreline from above.

And as the search continued, East Haven also called in its dive team.

Then, a little before 10:30 p.m., a search team appeared to focus on a spot just west of the town beach.

Residents on the scene gathered to watch the boats, one of which began to rock after it appeared firefighters pulled something on board.

The USCG helicopter then shifted over to shine its spotlight onto the two boats — as they all slowly began to shift east across the town beach shoreline.

A few minutes later East Haven Fire Assistant Chief Chuck Licata confirmed that the missing swimmer had been found: and found alive.

"She appears to be in relatively good shape," Licata told East Haven Patch at the scene.

Once the news the swimmer had been found and that she was OK, residents gathered at the beach let out a round of applause.

Following the rescue, East Haven Fire Chief Douglas Jackson said it was East Haven's Marine 1 that located and rescued the swimmer in the water.

Jackson said details were few at this time as to why the woman was missing for so long, and what had initially led to her disappearance.

He did confirm, however, that she was first reported missing by her husband, and had gone into the water alone.

Jackson then noted and thanked the hard work of his own department, as well as Branford, West Haven and Coast Guard crews.

The fire chief added he was glad the effort was a successful outcome for both the swimmer and the searchers.

Updated at 11:02 p.m.

The missing 27-year-old female swimmer who was last seen around 7:30 p.m. this evening at has been found alive according to authorities.

 Charles Licata reported that the missing swimmer "appears to be in relatively good shape."

Residents who gathered around the area of the search let out a round of applause upon hearing the good news.

Original Story (Posted at 9 p.m. on Wednesday)

East Haven Fire Department and police are responding to a report of a missing female swimmer in the area of the town beach.

East Haven Fire has launched both its water rescue boats in their search for the missing swimmer.

The U.S Coast Guard is also responding to the call, according to command reports over the scanner.

The swimmer has been missing for about 90 minutes, command reported.

East Haven Patch will have updates as more information becomes available.

Julie Weisberg August 09, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Bill: Yes, she was found near the shore just west of the town beach. I'll have the video of the chief's report up ASAP.
Julie Weisberg August 09, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Everyone: Unfortunately, I am unable to post the video of my interview with EHFD Chief Jackson. Something happened when I was filming and somehow it never saved onto the memory card! However, I have other video from the search and a new update will all the details currently available posted for tonight.
Flowers August 09, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Nice reporting Julie, except for that video part. You are a regular Lois Lane.
Michelle Petroccio August 09, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Once again, another heroic act and job well done by the EHFD led by Jackson & Licata! Congrats on such a well trained department and saving the life of another citizen. We are fortunate to have suchdedicated public servants in our midst.
robbone August 09, 2012 at 08:59 PM
all i know is with all the emergency vehicles'helicopters with search lights going up and down for over 2 hours and this womans 20 yards off shore and she doesnt yell for help or try to get noticed to me theres more to this story.


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