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Coast guard suspends search for swimmer off Emerald Isle

Posted June 11

— The Coast Guard has suspended its 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.

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.

A 17-year-old boy remained missing Sunday. Patrol boats and helicopters helped with the search before it was suspended Sunday afternoon.

A Coast Guard news release says the vessels searched for 25 hours and that suspending the search was a difficult decision.

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

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