The search for a Darlington County 12-year-old boy who went missing in the ocean near 42nd Avenue North Wednesday afternoon continued through the night as Myrtle Beach police combed the shores.
Rescue searchers resumed water search efforts early Thursday morning and launched jet skis while others continued to search the beaches for the boy, Lt. Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach police said.
“What they’ll [rescue searchers] do this morning is go out and determine the tide. How did the currents flow last night. How is the tide influencing things today, and they’ll do their search based on that,” said Crosby.
About 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, a call for three swimmers, all siblings and from Darlington County, went out, and Myrtle Beach police and fire officials rushed to the area of 42nd Avenue North.
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A teenage girl was rescued by a boogie boarder, and a teenage boy was rescued by a swimmer. The girl was treated by EMS on scene as was the teenage boy, who ended up going to Grand Strand Medical Center for further treatment after CPR was performed on him.
The two teens’ 12-year-old brother remains missing, and Myrtle Beach authorities were later joined in their efforts by Horry County police, as well as a U.S. Coast Guard, as the search continued on into the evening. Beach goers also formed a human chain and netted the waters.
The water current was described Wednesday by a man who rescued the teenage boy as “extremely rough”.
“Beachgoers need to understand that that’s a force of nature out there, and it’s a very powerful body of water,” said Crosby when asked about swimmer safety.
Crosby warned that swimmers should be able to recognize rip currents and how to come out of them, determine how far they go out into the water based on their own swimming capabilities, and realize their swimming abilities could be affected by alcohol or illness.
“There’s a lot of different things people have to take responsibility for to make sure they’re safe while they’re in the water,” he said.
The search for the missing 12-year-old will continue in the water and along the shores.