Coast guard suspends search for swimmer missing off Emerald Isle

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) — The Coast Guard and local law enforcement suspended their search for a teenage boy who went missing while swimming at Emerald Isle.

A news release from Emerald Isle officials says two teens were caught in a rip current Saturday afternoon.

Coast Guard assets covered approximately 129 square nautical miles and searched for over 25 hours. 

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the young man,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Lance Sobel, duty watchstander at Sector North Carolina. “Making the choice to suspend a search is never an easy choice and one the Coast Guard doesn’t take lightly.”

One of the teens, a 16-year-old boy, was found and brought ashore by a surfer. He was taken to a hospital and was in critical condition Sunday.

Authorities say the boys were from Wayne County and visiting the beach on a day trip. Their names weren’t released.