Second teen caught up in Emerald Isle rip current passes away

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EMERALD ISLE, NC (WITN) - Police say a second teen has died after the two were pulled out by a rip current in Emerald Isle nine days ago.

Tyreese Worsley, 16, of Goldsboro, passed away around 2:25 a.m. Monday at Vidant Medical Center, according to Emerald Isle police.

The Eastern Wayne High School student had been in critical condition since being pulled out of the ocean on June 10th.

The body of 17-year-old Elijah Hinnant, a classmate of Worsley, was found a day after he drowned.

Since June 9th, Emerald Isle says 80 people have been rescued in the town.


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Police have identified two teens from Wayne County who were caught up in a rip current this weekend. One drowned, while the other remains in critical condition.

The body of Elijah Hinnant was found shortly before 8:00 a.m. in the 7700 block of the Emerald Isle beach strand Monday morning.

Police Chief Tony Reese says a resident spotted something out in the ocean about 5,000 feet out. A rescue team then recovered the 17-year-old's body.

Rescue crews were called to the beach near the Bogue Inlet Pier around 6:00 p.m. Saturday for reports of two boys missing in the water.

A surfer located 16-year-old Tyreese Worsley in the ocean and crews were able to bring him ashore. He remains in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center.

Police say the two teens came with two other friends for a day at the beach on Saturday. Families said neither were strong swimmers, according to the chief.

Worsley is a rising junior at Eastern Wayne High School, as was Hinnant.

The town says on Monday alone, 14 people were pulled from the ocean during nine different rescues. The fire chief believes a sandbar that formed is causing an increase in rip currents in that part of the beach.


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Authorities are searching the shoreline and nearby areas for a missing 17-year-old swimmer on the Crystal Coast.

Emerald Isle police say a dive team from Atlantic Beach is also being requested to check the waters where the teen was last seen.

Rescue crews were called to the beach near the Bogue Inlet Pier around 6pm Saturday for reports of two boys missing in the water.

A surfer located a 16-year-old in the ocean and crews were able to bring him ashore. He remains in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center.

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for the 17-year-old on Sunday.

Names of the teenagers have not yet been released.


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A rescuer is speaking out about the search for two teenage swimmers who went missing off an Emerald Isle Beach Saturday evening.

Emerald Isle Police, Fire and Rescue crews were called to the beach near the Bogue Inlet Pier around 6pm Saturday for reports of two boys missing in the water.

A surfer located a 16-year-old in the ocean and crews were able to bring him ashore and begin performing life-saving measures before he was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville where he remains in critical condition.

Brandon Jones is a lifeguard with the Emerald Isle Fire Department.

On Sunday, he told WITN's Kate Capodanno, it doesn't matter who you are, or what you look like... if there is a call... we are going to be there."

On Saturday evening, he was there, helping to pull the 16-year-old out of the water.

"I feel very grateful that I made a difference in someone else's life but at the end of the day I am just doing my job and what I have been training for," Jones said.

He also said they train heavily because it's known that hundreds of people will get caught in rip tides every summer.

At the beach Sunday, many parents watched as their children played in the sand and water.

One mother said, "it can be scary. You have to definitely keep an eye on them because of the water constantly going in and out."

A local surfer says it can be so easy to get caught off guard.

"You have to have respect for the ocean and know your limits and your boundaries and try to stay within them," said Beel Barakat.

The United States Coast Guard searched for the second swimmer, a 17-year-old boy, for approximately 25 hours covering around 130 square nautical miles.

The search was suspended on Sunday afternoon.

Officials believe the boys were caught in a rip tide and pulled out to sea.

They are both from Wayne County and were visiting Emerald Isle for the day.

Their identities have not been released at the request of their families.

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The U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for a missing swimmer who is believed to have gotten caught in a rip current Saturday evening.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the young man," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Lance Sobel, duty watchstander at Sector North Carolina. "Making the choice to suspend a search is never an easy choice and one the Coast Guard doesn’t take lightly.”

In a press release, the USCG says teams searched approximately 129 square nautical miles for over 25 hours looking for the 17-year-old from Wayne County.

He was on a day trip to Emerald Isle with another teen, a 16-year-old boy, who was also caught in a rip current and brought to shore by lifeguards.

The 16-year-old remains in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center.

Their identities have not been released at the request of their families.

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One teen has been rescued and an active search continues for another teenager who remains missing in the Bogue Inlet.

The Emerald Isle Police Department says a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy are believed to have been caught in a rip current around 6pm Saturday night.

Police say the 16-year-old was located by a surfer and brought ashore by Emerald Isle Fire Department Lifeguards, where life saving measures were started by first responders.

He was taken to Carteret HealthCare and then airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville where he is currently listed in critical condition.

The U.S. Coast Guard says their search for the 17-year-old has lead them to the 7900 block of Emerald Isle.

A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water (SPC-SW) crew from Station Emerald Isle, and a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Station Fort Macon are all assisting in the search alongside Emerald Isle Police, Fire and EMS teams.

“Coast Guard crews and Emerald Isle locals are searching the beach and surrounding areas in the hope of locating the young man,” said LT David Herndon, search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector North Carolina. “We ask anyone with information related to the search to call the Sector North Carolina Command Center at 1-910-362-4015.”

Emerald Isle Police Chief Tony Reese says the names of the victims are not being released at the request of their families but police say both of the the teens are from Wayne County and were visiting Emerald Isle on a day trip.



 

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