Crews say they will continue to scan the area via boat and helicopter until they find the swimmer.
Search efforts including approximately 20 lifeguards, three rescue boats, and a helicopter began almost immediately. (Source: William Johnson)
CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) -
The search for a swimmer who went missing in Carolina Beach has now turned into a search and recovery mission, according to Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue.
Lt. Spivey of the Carolina Beach Police Department said Terrance Christopher Miller was taken out by a rip current around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Officials said he was not swimming that far out in the ocean.
Spivey said Miller is in his early 20s and is from the Wilmington area.
According to Simon Sanders, the Ocean Rescue Supervisor for Carolina Beach, Miller was swimming near Texas Avenue between two lifeguard stands. Sanders said a lifeguard witnessed Miller go under and did not see him resurface.
Search efforts including approximately 20 lifeguards, three rescue boats, and a helicopter began almost immediately.
Simon said the search area has been expanded south towards Kure Beach and Fort Fisher. He believes the wind and current carried Miller in that direction. Officials are working with Kure Beach Law Enforcement.
Officials said after the first hour of an ocean rescue mission, it is assumed the efforts turn into a recovery mission.
In this case, the search and rescue mission lasted three hours. Officials are actively searching to bring closure to the family.
Officials told swimmers to stay out of the water Sunday. Due to water conditions, they say even experienced swimmers should not be in the water. Lifeguards at Carolina Beach started flying red flags on their stands just before 1 p.m. to tell people to stay out of the water.
An ocean rescue supervisor tells us two helicopters will be back out Tuesday morning to continue searching for Miller, beginning with 'Air 1' out of Brunswick County, at 8 a.m.