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Teen missing in Neuse River off Oriental

Posted July 5, 2009 11:42 a.m. EDT
Updated July 5, 2009 3:40 p.m. EDT

— A teenager went missing while swimming with friends in the Neuse River off Oriental, near where it empties into the Pamlico Sound, early Sunday.

Around 6:30 a.m., Pamlico County 911 dispatchers told the Coast Guard that three teenagers had gone out on a personal watercraft, and only two were wearing life vests. They went swimming, and the boy without a life jacket began to struggle.

One teen tried to put a life jacket on him while the other headed to the watercraft, but the struggling teen went under the water, according to the Coast Guard. He did not resurface.

The Coast Guard, Marines and Pamlico County Sheriff's Office were searching for the boy by air and sea.