MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Rescue crews continued their search overnight and Friday morning for a 14-year-old boy who went missing in the ocean in Myrtle Beach while swimming Thursday afternoon.
Lt. Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach Police says the young swimmer went missing in the water near 73rd Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. The teen was swimming with his brother when lifeguards and other swimmers noticed the two looked like they needed help.
“I just feel so sorry, so bad. The family was standing down there. You don’t know what to say. You don’t know what to think it’s just horrible,” Jim Cavicchio who is visiting from Pennsylvania said.
Lifeguards and a bystander were able to rescue one of the swimmers. The missing swimmer has been identified as a 14-year-old black male, wearing blue swim trunks, but officials have not released the boy’s name.
Around 5:50 p.m. the rescue crews had to suspend the search with jet skis and boats because of lightning in the area.
Lt. Crosby says the swimmer who was pulled to safety has been treated and released from a local hospital. Police confirm the two brothers are visiting Myrtle Beach with their family from Georgia.
The Myrtle Beach Police Department responded to the call around 12:40 p.m. Thursday. The United States Coast Guard is on scene aiding in the search. Rescue team members could be seen canvassing the water on jet skis and standing on the roofs of local hotels searching for the young boy with binoculars.
In addition, numerous people were seen on the beach linking arms, forming a long chain into the ocean to allow volunteers to go out into the water to help search for the missing teen.
“It was just great to see everyone come together since there’s so much bad stuff going on in the world right now. Everyone on the beach, the whole beach just took off in the ocean. It shows you to appreciate what you because it literally can be gone in one second,” Kathryn Dawson and Whitney Green visiting from North Carolina said.