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Search For Missing Teenager Continues in Ocean City

The teenager was part of a group that got caught in a rip tide Sunday evening.

The search for a 14-year-old boy who went missing after being caught in a rip tide on Sunday night continues in Ocean City on Monday.

A group of individuals entered the water of an unprotected beach off 9th Street in Ocean City Sunday evening, around 6:45 p.m. and quickly got caught in a rip tide and swept out from the beach.

Several others who attempted to help them also get caught in the rip tide, according to the Ocean City Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

The Ocean City Beach Patrol Rapid Response Team was activated from 12th Street and arrived on location within a minute. The response team rescued and removed 14 people from the water. It was then discovered that the 14-year-old boy was missing.

Teams of firefighters and beach patrol began searching the water utilizing ropes and rescue equipment. The nearby jetty was searched with divers and swimmers.

The Ocean City Police Marine Unit, United States Coast Guard and Fire Department jet skis searched the waters off the beach. The search continued for approximately two hours and was called off due to unsafe conditions and darkness.

The search resumed at 6 a.m., with fire department and police personnel patrolling the coast line until the lifeguards returned for duty at 9:30 a.m.

The search of the immediate area will continue throughout the day on Monday, and officers from the Ocean City Police Department are with the family and conducting an investigation.

The missing swimmer is not being identified due to his age.

The Ocean City Department of Fire and Rescue Services reminds residents and visitors that the beaches are closed after 5:30 p.m. on Sundays and the area is prohibited to swimming as posted.

Officials discourage people from swimming after hours, and to only swim at guarded beaches.

Several years ago the beach patrol began staffing a Rapid Response team. This team is stationed from 12th street, which is a midpoint to the area.

The team is on from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the summer months to help people who chose to enter the water. This team has made countless rescues.


Jim Saling June 30, 2014 at 06:51 PM
Mr. Hamilton, now is not the time to grind your axe. There is a grieving family standing by.
Michael Hamilton June 30, 2014 at 08:03 PM
Point well taken and thank you. I shall put the axe aside in deference to that sad situation.
Debbie Hummel-Brown July 01, 2014 at 12:15 AM
Im sad that someone lost their child. I wish they would have had life guards on duty because the child could be alive today. So very sad. Why cant OCNJ have life guards until 8pm and close down the beaches
CH Girl July 01, 2014 at 03:34 PM
A sad story no doubt. My heart goes out to that family. From all accounts, the guards who represent OC did a great job in a tough situation. I'm happy for the fantastic level of protection they provide for me and my friends and family. Debbie - I'm sure it has to do with the city's ability to pay for these fine guards. In reading between the lines, maybe the hours they cover/leave are due to the crowds diminishing by dinnertime and then this rapid response team is there just in case. But please everyone; don't go out after the guards leave!! Mike Hamilton - it's wackos like you that keep most normal, sane people from commenting. I for one am tired of your posts - worse yet, you're boring. I think it's time you moved on to some other community that doesn't yet know your level of mental instability & worn out vitriol; or whatever institution that can get you the most help. Really - goodbye.
Jim Saling July 01, 2014 at 07:15 PM
Mr. Hamilton, I was going to commend you for seeing how inappropriate your comments were, until I read ocnj daily. Please sir, just stop. This terrible incident is not about YOU. The child has not been found and, I'm sure, the family is in agony over his loss.

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