BERKELEY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Coast Guard suspended its search Friday night for a Frenchman who went swimming off Island Beach State Park earlier in the day.

Nicholas Guilhote, 25, was reported missing just before noon, authorities said. He reportedly had never been swimming in the ocean before.

“This was a beach that was marked for no swimming because there were no lifeguards,” Coast Guard Petty Officer David Marin told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith.

Marin said that at first Good Samaritans tried to save the swimmer.

The subsequent 17-square-mile search involved two boats from the Coast Guard station in Barnegat Light, a helicopter from the Coast Guard’s Atlantic City air station and numerous local responders.

The Coast Guard does not plan to resume its portion of the search unless new evidence is presented, Smith reported. But other local agencies plan to keep looking for the man.

“Usually we’ll suspend after we’ve exhausted the amount of time … (for) survivability in the water,” Marin said.

Guilhote is white and has dark hair. He was wearing red shorts.

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