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Coast Guard suspends search for body of 4-year-old swept away by current in Outer Banks

Posted April 25, 2018 8:42 p.m. EDT
Updated April 25, 2018 9:57 p.m. EDT

— Authorities on Wednesday suspended the search for the body of a boy swept away by a wave along a beach in Kitty Hawk.

According to Kitty Hawk Police Chief Joel C. Johnson, the 4-year-old boy was walking along the shore with his parents at about 4 p.m. when he was caught in a wave and carried away by the current.

“As parents, this is our worst nightmare, even for those of us who love and have grown up by the ocean,” Johnson said in a Facebook post. “Please join us in thought and prayer for this family as we mourn with them the loss and give thanks for the well-being of our own children.”

Coast Guard officials said boat and helicopter crews searched 130 square miles for hours before suspending the search at 8:30 p.m.

"Suspending a search for anyone. let alone a young child, is the most difficult thing a commanding officer in the Coast Guard is called upon to do," said Capt. Bion Stewart. "I can't imagine what the family of this little boy is going through right now."