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Swimmer missing at Point Reyes after possible shark attack

Officials continue to search for a 52-year-old swimmer who beachgoers said was pulled underwater in a possible shark attack at Point Reyes National Seashore, according to park officials and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Federal and local officials began a multi-agency search after the missing person was reported at about 10:40 a.m. Sunday, said Christine Beekman, spokesperson for the National Seashore.

The search for the 52-year-old man continued as of Monday afternoon, Beekman said. She declined to release any other identifying information about the missing person.

The man was swimming with two friends off Wildcat Beach when witnesses reported seeing a shark, Beekman said, but an attack has not been verified.

The Coast Guard pulled its resources off the search Monday morning after almost 24 hours, but local efforts continued along the coast north of San Francisco, Beekman said.

Beekman said teams with the National Parks Service, Marin County Sheriff’s Department, Marin County Fire Department and the Stinson Beach Fire Protection District were leading water and ground searches.

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