MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Rescue crews are temporarily stopping their search 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 officers will remain on the beach and once conditions improve, they will resume the use of watercraft equipment.
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.