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Search continues for missing swimmer

Officers aboard a Nassau County police boat scan

Officers aboard a Nassau County police boat scan the shoreline of Jones Beach where a swimmer went missing. (July 29, 2012) Credit: Ed Betz

The search continued Sunday morning for a Massapequa man who disappeared Saturday afternoon in waters off Jones Beach after he went for an ocean swim.

Lt. Tony Astacio of the New York State Park Police said authorities searched into the wee hours of Sunday morning, then began again early Sunday in the hopes of locating Raymond Roth, 47, who went missing after swimming in an area unprotected by lifeguards.

Astacio said the search Sunday will continue by sea, air and land and will likely include Nassau County aviation and marine officials and Hempstead bay constables.

"Hopefully this thing turns out fine," Astacio said.

The search for Roth began at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday where he was last seen, east of Field 6, police said.

His wife and son, who reported him missing, said Roth was a very good swimmer who frequented Jones Beach.

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