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UPDATE: Search For Missing Swimmer in Carolina Beach Continues

The search for a swimmer that went missing late Saturday May 31, continues. (Click image for larger view.)

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. : June 1st, 2014 - The search for a missing swimmer continues Sunday in the waters off Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. (Pleasure Island) According to Chris Spivey of the Carolina Beach Police Department, the Carolina Beach Police Department in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard, Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue, Carolina Beach Fire Department, and New Hanover County Fire conducted a search for the missing swimmer identified as Mr. Terrance Christopher Miller.

Miller - in his early 20's - was reported missing at approximately 5:30PM Saturday afternoon swimming at the beach in Carolina Beach. Miller was reported swimming in the waters off Texas Avenue.

Simon Sanders - Head of Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue - said Sunday, "He was barely north of where we had a rip current" on Saturday. He said a lifeguard saw a swimmer in distress and go under water but never resurfaced.

Sanders said emergency responders from various agencies responded within two minutes. That included County EMS and Fire, Carolina Beach Fire and Police Departments, Kure Beach Ocean Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard and even Tow Boat U.S. - a commercial company that recovers stranded vessels - sent a boat to aid in the search.

Sanders said some 18 lifeguards formed a line search within seven minutes to fan out in the waters and search parallel to the shore. The guards actively searched for about two hours. Sanders said, "I personally had to pull two guards out of the water because they were so exhausted but kept wanting search." The lifeguards searched until 9PM. Police patrolled the beachfront throughout the night. Lifeguards resumed their search early Sunday morning and will continue searching.

Sanders said if Miller was caught in a rip current and went under, he may have traveled out past a sand bar and then south towards Kure Beach. He said he's notified Kure Beach officials.

Sanders said it's a tragic situation. "The best we can hope for now is some closure,” said Sanders.

UPDATE: TUESDAY JUNE 3: The search has continued daily from the beach and the air.
Sanders said Tuesday afternoon Miller had not been located. He said searches have been conducted daily by helicopter. Lifeguards have used ATV's to drive south along the beach all the way to the tip of Bald Head Island in Brunswick County searching for Miller. Sanders said typically a missing swimmer will surface after 72 hours which was 5:30pm Tuesday. He said they are hopeful they can recover Miller Wednesday or Thursday and bring some closure for family and friends.