Search for girl, 11, near Long Beach suspended

Girl's 10-year-old brother found face up, alive in water

LONG BEACH, Wash. (KOIN 6) — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for an 11-year-old girl who was reportedly swept out to sea while swimming near Long Beach Thursday afternoon.

Authorities said a report of an 11-year-old girl and her 10-year-old brother in distress in the water came in around 2 p.m.

Surf rescue swimmers Julez Orr and Eddie Mendez carry an 10-year-old boy to the shore after rescuing him from the ocean Thursday afternoon. The boy had been in the water for over 30 minutes when he was rescued, July 3, 2014. (Damian Mulinix/Chinook Observer)
Surf rescue swimmers Julez Orr and Eddie Mendez carry an 10-year-old boy to the shore after rescuing him from the ocean Thursday afternoon. The boy had been in the water for over 30 minutes when he was rescued, July 3, 2014. (Damian Mulinix/Chinook Observer)

The boy was found face up, alive in the water around 2:45 p.m. Officers said “it was a miracle” the boy was found alive in the water more than 30 minutes after the initial report.

The boy was transported to Ocean Beach Hospital with his mother. He was later released. Police said the family is from Chimacum, Wash.

The Coast Guard searched for the missing girl, who is presumed drowned, for seven hours. They covered more than 59 square miles.

“It’s always a difficult call to make when we suspend a search and rescue case, ” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Joseph Dalida, command center supervisor at Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of the missing girl during this difficult time.”

The search is expected to resume Friday morning.

Long Beach, Wash. is located along the coast in Pacific County.

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