Search efforts continue after NC teen vanishes in Emerald Isle surf

EMERALD ISLE, NC (WNCN) – Emerald Isle police are reporting they are continuing a search-and-rescue mission Saturday for a Wake Forest teenager who disappeared while swimming at the beach Friday.

Ian Frazier Lewis, 18, was swimming Friday afternoon when the incident happened. Carteret County Emergency Communications received a report of two swimmers in distress around 3:50 p.m., a news release said.

A second swimmer, 17-year-old Mary Paige Merical, of Raleigh, was rescued. She was taken to Carteret General Hospital and her condition is unknown, the release said.

The Coast Guard was notified and dispatched a Coast Guard Cutter from Cape Lookout and a helicopter from a station in Elizabeth City.

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