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Coast Guard, other agencies search for missing swimmer near Surf City


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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rescue ?

According to the news post, it sounds like the Surf City Fire and Rescue just stood there and watched a person drown ! Could not one or two of them have swam out to the person in peril and saved them ? Don't they even have any rescue equipment like say a boat or a long surf board ? This totally astounds me how this could happen !


do you realize what time of day is was? the sun was going down, it was getting dark and YOU want to risk another persons life by swimming out when it's rime time for sharks to be feeding, fish game is up this year which means so are the sharks...this guy was right out by the pier where the fishing is!!! the guy was too far out and made it a coast guard problem at the point...not the fire dept! so think about it..risk another life?


None of us know the rough it was, etc...could have only seen him once and then lost that point it would be USELESS to swim out not knowing where he the time you swim out that distance...the tides, etc can move him much further away than you might think.... both a veteran firefighter and ocean guard...NO MATTER WHAT TIME OF DAY IT WAS..sharks would be the least of my worries when going to rescue've been watching JAWS to much!