Teen who rescued another swimmer at SC island is now missing

The search area at Pawleys Island. WBTW photo

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WBTW) – Rescue crews are back on the water Monday, after responding a teen swimmer was missing in the surf at Pawleys Island Sunday evening.

Midway Fire Rescue Chief Dough Eggiman says the call came in around 7:40 p.m. Sunday and rescue crews searched the ocean for the missing swimmer for roughly two hours.

Pawleys Island Police Department confirms the search for the missing swimmer resumed Monday morning around 8:30 a.m. The department released a statement on its Twitter page that it hopes to “bring some closure for the family.”

Chief Eggiman says a 13-year-old swimmer went under and another teen tried to help, but the second teen disappeared beneath the water. Eggiman says the 13-year-old made it back safely with help from rescue crews, but they have not found the other teen.

Rescue crews were in the water swimming and using water crafts in the search. Eggimen says they made the decision to call off the search shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday due to it being extremely dark and the water currents being high.

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