Carolina Beach rescue teams spend hours searching for missing 21-year-old swimmer
CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (WECT) – The Carolina Beach Police and Fire Department are actively searching for a missing swimmer in Carolina Beach.
CLICK TO SEE PICTURES OF THE RESCUE OPERATIONEmergency crews responded to a call of a swimmer in distress around 7:51 p.m. on the beach strand at Harper Avenue.
Three people total were reportedly in the water; two of the individuals came out of the water, according to officials with the Carolina Beach Fire Department.
The swimmer is described as a 21-year-old male who is 5-foot-10 and weighs approximately 160 pounds.
He was last seen wearing red, white and blue swim trunks.
At last report, the U.S. Coast Guard had a boat, a helicopter and a C130 aircraft on scene helping with the search.
County fire crews also responded to the scene.
Beach goers we spoke to said the water was rough.
“I was out there today,” said Steven Jones, “the waves, they were strong and as they hit it pushed me