Authorities Search For Missing Swimmer

Photo by Colleen Rozzi

SPRING LAKE – Members of the New Jersey State Police, Spring Lake Police and U.S. Coast Guard along with other emergency agencies are continuing their recovery efforts today for the body of a 15-year-old from Ewing

 Spring Lake Police Chief Ed Kerr said Monday afternoon that officers of his department and State Police Marine Unit have continued their search for the missing teen along the two mile stretch of beach “but the victim has not been found.”

 Josiah Jerimiah Robison went missing around 2:45 p.m. Sunday while he was swimming off the Bright Avenue Beach in Spring Lake.

  He and an unidentified teen girl experienced difficulty swimming in a rip tide current.

  While a bystander pulled the teen girl out of the surf assisted by lifeguards, Josiah went missing.

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  Kerr said area police along the shore joined State Police and members of the U.S. Coast Guard and Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, Manasquan rescue vessels were also part of the search.

The effort involved divers, numerous boats, around 100 lifeguards and a State Police helicopter scanning the coastline.

  “The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department and the Spring Lake Police Department used drones when the State Police helicopter and other aviation units were not in the air,” Kerr said.

  Kerr said that lifeguards are on duty and that “the beach is open and normal operations are taking place today though the caution flag is up and there are some rough waves.”

  “We are doing everything we can to find the victim and our hearts go out to his family,” Kerr said.

  Spring Lake Police Sgt. Christopher Kucinski asks that if anyone has any additional information about the missing teen to call 732-449-1234 or e-mail