Search continues on day 3 for missing swimmer off Emerald Isle


UPDATE: The US Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing swimmer in distress until there is more evidence, according to Coast Guard officials.

The search was called off at 8:48am, Coast Guard officials say.

As of 11am Saturday morning, Emerald Isle Police says there is nothing new to report at this time but local fire and police officials are continuing recovery efforts.


PREVIOUS STORY: Officials have rescued a swimmer in distress and they are still searching for another one that has been reported missing, Emerald Isle police reports.

The Carteret County Emergency Communications received a report of two swimmers in distress in the area of 9300 block of the Emerald Isle beach strand Friday around 3:50 p.m.

Emerald Isle Police, Fire and EMS personnel responded and said that once on the scene witnesses said that there were two swimmers in the water that were no longer visible.

Search efforts were initiated for, Mary P. Merical, 17, of Raleigh and Ian F. Lewis, 18, of Wake Forest.

Shortly after arriving on the scene, Emerald Isle Fire Department personnel were able to locate and pull Merical from the surf where life-saving efforts were started immediately.

Merical was transported to Carteret General Hospital by the emergency medical services personnel.

Her condition is unknown at the moment.

Search efforts are continuing for Lewis.

Coast Guard Sector Wilmington was notified and dispatched a Coast Guard Cutter from Cape Lookout and a rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City to the scene to assist in the search and recovery efforts.

Surf conditions reported at the time of the event were extremely rough with waves reported at 6-9 feet and a water temperature of 62 degrees.

Stay with WNCT for more updates.

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