Swimmer dies trying to reach shore

PERTH AMBOY - A Coast Guard helicopter has reportedly spotted the body of a fisherman who decided to go for a swim off a pier in Perth Amboy.

Authorities say the man had jumped off the pier near Buckingham Avenue to swim back to shore with another man last night.

Officials say the other man made it to land. However, the fisherman was last seen clinging to a piling of a pier before a strong current moved in.

Seven boats and two helicopters joined the search for the man, who has not been identified.

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