Boy remains missing in Ocean City

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After a heartbreaking day of searching for a 14-year-old caught in a rip current Sunday evening, the boy remains missing as of late Monday.

Officials with the Ocean City Fire Department said after 6 p.m. on Monday, June 30 that they would have no comment on the current status of the search.

Officials with the Coast Guard said Monday evening that he has not been found, and that the Coast Guard has suspended its search. The Coast Guard combed the coastline with a helicopter and boats on Sunday evening, returning to the search just after dawn on Monday.

Lifeguards, police and firefighters searched for the boy, who went swimming with a group of friends on Sunday evening after the lifeguards were off the stand, at about 6:45 p.m.

The swimmers were quickly caught in a rip current, and swept away from the beach. Others who entered the water in a rescue attempt were caught in the same current.

There were several 911 calls, and the beach patrol’s Rapid Response Team was at the scene within a minute, according to officials. In all, 14 people were pulled from the water, but one was still missing, launching a huge search that started with ropes and rescue equipment at the scene and grew to include boats, dive teams, Jetskis and helicopters.

Lifeguards and city officials discourage anyone to swim without a lifeguard, but have expressed particular concern with the area near Ninth Street, where several stone jetties contribute to unpredictable and dangerous currents. This summer and last, the beach patrol has taken the extra step of posting signs at the beach there, warning that the ocean is closed until guards return to duty.

The boy’s name has not been released.

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