Swimmer search suspended for the night

September 2, 2009 8:12:08 PM PDT
The search for a missing swimmer at the New Jersey shore is now being called a recovery misison. Police in Seaside Heights got a call about a swimmer in trouble after being swept out to sea around 1:00 p.m.

The Coast Guard said 16-year-old Sal Roberts went under and did not resurface.

Officials say Roberts is from Voorhees, New Jersey.

Witnesses say a group of five teens were on boogie boards in the water near Hamilton Avenue and Ocean Terrace when three got caught in a rip current.

Rescue crews were able to save two of the three, but the 16-year-old went missing.

Coast Guard crews flew a helicopter from Atlantic City and brought in a rescue boat from Manasquan, but even with all that help, the sea was too powerful for them to save Roberts.

The teens are part of a group called Youth Consultation Services in Somerdale, New Jersey. Three adults and seven kids total from YCS were on the beach at the time of the incident.

Soon after 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, the search was suspended for the night.


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