RODANTHE, N.C. (WAVY) — The search for a teenager who went missing in the ocean south of the Rodanthe Pier Thursday afternoon has been suspended.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Chief Ranger Boone Vandzura says around 2:27 p.m., officials were called to a water rescue for two swimmers.
Two teens had been pulled out into the ocean, likely by a large breaking wave, Vandzura said. Neither had a flotation device. One of the swimmers, a 16-year-old, managed to make it back to the beach safely. However, the other teen, a 17-year-old, is still missing.
Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City sent a helicopter to aid in the search for the teen. The Coast Guard’s Oregon Inlet Station also deployed a vessel, but the search was stopped at dusk.
It’s not clear yet if the search will continue Friday.
The two teenage swimmers were visiting Hatteras Island, according to Vandzura.