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Officials locate body of boy swept away by current in Outer Banks

Posted April 30, 2018 9:17 a.m. EDT
Updated April 30, 2018 9:54 a.m. EDT

— Officials in Kitty Hawk have located the body of a boy who was swept out to sea Wednesday on a North Carolina beach.

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. On Monday, Kitty Hawk police located the body of a boy, identified as Wesley Belisle, from New Hampshire, by the Currituck County Sheriff's Office on Carova Beach.

“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.

The boy's family has been notified and are making arrangements for him to be transported back to New Hampshire.