Search continues for missing teen swimmer near 14th Ave Pier in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A search is continuing Sunday for a missing swimmer after people along the beach reported that he went underwater near the 14 Avenue Pier near downtown Myrtle Beach.

Corporal Cox with MBPD said the call came out around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night that a teen boy was swimming with his brother near the pier when he went missing.

Myrtle Beach Police resumed their search Sunday morning with water craft, according to Lt. Joey Crosby. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is assisting with the search efforts on Sunday.

A Coast Guard chopper responded to the area Saturday to continue search efforts.

Those who saw what happened say several tried to rescue the boy but could not see him.

"There were several people. I guess just people staying here too that had flash lights, walking up and down the beach trying to find him. There was two who jumped in down here and they chased turned out to be a cup, but they saw it floating from under the pier and they went after it." said Greg Bowling.

"It's really sad for family to have to lose somebody like that. I know they said the dad, they were having to hold him back from going into the water looking for the son. And I'm sure i would have done the same thing. It would have been hard not go in and hunt himself." said beach goer, Mike Welch.

No swimming signs are posted all around the pier due to the dangers of the waves and currents.

Anthony Featherston, the boy's AAU basketball coach, said the teen was down here with his team for a tournament.

"We are still keeping hope that maybe he's still got a chance," Featherston said.

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