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Coast Guard suspends search for missing teen swimmer

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BOGUE INLET, Carteret County - The Coast Guard has announced it has suspended the search for a 17-year-old teen who went missing in the vicinity of the 7900 block of Emerald Isle Saturday night.

In a press release, the Coast guard said it covered approximately 129 square nautical miles and searched for over 25 hours but was unable to find the teen boy. "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." The teen went missing around 6 p.m. Saturday after officials believe he got caught up in a rip current in the 7900 block area of the beach. Earlier Saturday, a 16-year-0ld teen who was believed to be with the 17-year-0ld was located by a surfer. The 16-year-0ld was brought ashore by the Emerald Isle Fire Department lifeguards. Life-saving measures were started and the male was taken to Carteret HealthCare before being airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. He is currently listed in critical condition. James A. Reese, Chief of Police with the Emerald Isle Police Department, issued a press release Sunday morning that updated the information we reported first earlier in the day. Officials were searching for a 17-year-old boy in the waters around Bogue Inlet near Emerald Isle. No names have been released but police said both teens are from Wayne County and were visiting Emerald Isle on a day trip.

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