Wake Forest teen disappears while swimming at Emerald Isle; Raleigh teen rescued

Wake County News

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Emerald Isle police are reporting a search-and-rescue mission for a Wake Forest teenager who disappeared while swimming at Emerald Isle, according to a news release. 

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., the 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. The Coast Guard searched Friday until 8 p.m., when they ended their efforts.

On Saturday, Emerald Isle officials said search efforts were continuing on a local level with Emerald Isle Police and Fire.

Surf conditions reported at the time of the incident were “extremely rough with waves reported at 6-9 feet,” the release said.

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