Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Swimmer



Emerald Isle, NC June 12, 2017:   Emerald Isle Police are reporting that the Coast Guard has suspended their search for the missing 17 year old swimmer that disappeared in the 7900 block of the beach strand in Emerald Isle on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at approximately 6:08pm. A second swimmer, a 16 year old who was pulled from the water by lifeguards, remains in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Emerald Isle Police, Fire, EMS and the U.S. Coastguard began searching for the missing teen immediately after the initial report. The coordinated search effort, which lasted 18 hours and covered 130 square miles, was suspended by the Coast Guard at 12:40pm on June 11, 2017, when assets involved in the search were requested to respond to other developing emergencies in the area. Coast Guard assets used in the search included a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water (SPC-SW) crew from EMERALD ISLE POLICE DEPARTMENT Page 2

Station Emerald Isle, a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Station Fort Macon, the 87-foot patrol boat Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater out of Virginia, and a Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City.

Emerald Isle Police and Fire personnel are continuing their search of the shoreline and surrounding area and a dive team from Atlantic Beach has been requested to check the waters in the area where the teen was last seen. Police are also reporting that the teen has been entered into a national database for missing children and emergency services agencies in Carteret and Onslow counties have been briefed on the situation.

Additional information on this matter will be released as it is received.

No additional information is being released at this time.  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, June 12, 2017 8:58:00 AM