UPDATE: Coast Guard Searching for Missing 14-Year-Old Boy in Ocean City

The boy went missing before 7 p.m. He was reportedly wearing white swim shorts.

The Coast Guard is searching for a 14-year-old boy who has gone missing near 9th Street in Ocean City, N.J. Sunday night.

The Ocean City Police Department alerted Coast Guard personnel to the missing boy shortly before 7 p.m.

The boy was swimming with friends when they were all swept out by a rip current. All of the boys except the 14-year-old were able to return to shore, according to the Coast Guard.

Those searching for the boy include: a 25-foot response boat, with Coast Guard crew, and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City.

Others searching include: the New Jersey State Police Marine Unit; the Ocean City Fire Department; and several "good samaritans," according to the Coast Guard.

He is reported to be wearing white swimming shorts. 

Michael Hamilton June 30, 2014 at 12:12 AM
This very sad scenario has taken place repeatedly at that location with the resulting loss of life to adults and children. Drownings can and do often happen very quickly without the victim yelling or thrashing about. When the paid OCBP guards go off duty (5:30 on weekends, 5-weekdays), the bathing public enter the ocean at their own risk. So what is the answer to prevent these tragedies from taking place at known dangerous beaches. Stagger the work hrs for the paid guards, consider auxiliary or volunteer guards ? Volunteer guards were the first guards on the beaches of OC according to Fred Miller beach patrol historian. All the various agencies searching are well intended, but it is after the fact. A serious "brain storming" session needs to take place immediately, in an attempt to do something to prevent these tragedies from taking place repeatedly. On 9th street, a "rescue-flotation device" should be left on the beach (on the guard stand) after the paid guards go off duty, for use by someone capable of saving a life.
amwelch June 30, 2014 at 08:32 AM
Or, people could just obey the rules and stay out if the ocean if the life guards are off duty.....
CTA June 30, 2014 at 07:55 AM
That jetty takes a life every few years. A nasty rip forms there under the right conditions of wind and tide. It was known during my early guarding career as the 'river of death'.
Garay Jans Jr June 30, 2014 at 08:15 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and boy. I vacation here every year and this is always a concern of mine. The life guards do a great job but when they are off duty I keep my kids out of the water. I hope the family gets closure soon.
Maggie Stern June 30, 2014 at 07:19 PM
Guards should be on duty until dark!!!!! Or at least have guards on stand by until 9 or 10. We invite people here, we charge for beach tags, we should take responsibility for them


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