SURF CITY, NC - The Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Surf City Fire and Rescue were searching for a missing swimmer near the Surf City pier Saturday night. The Fire and Rescue crew saw a swimmer struggling in the water about 200 yards from the pier, lost sight of the person and called the Coast Guard for help at about 8 p.m.
Searching are crews aboard Station Wrightsville Beach 41-foot and 25-foot rescue boats, an Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter, Marine Corps Cherry Point's Pedro helicopter and Surf City Fire and Rescue's all terrain vehicle.
Anyone missing a friend or family member who went swimming in the area should contact Coast Guard Sector North Carolina at (252) 247-4570.
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