Search for missing teen suspended

March 9, 2009 5:32:14 PM PDT
After searching for more than eight hours Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for a 17-year-old boy who was swept out to sea early Monday morning from Davenport Beach in Santa Cruz County.

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At about 4 a.m. the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office notified the Coast Guard that the teen was missing in the water.

The Coast Guard, the California State Park Service and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection scoured a six-mile stretch of coastline from Davenport Beach to Santa Cruz and searched offshore to a distance of eight miles with a lifeboat and by helicopter until about 12:30 p.m. when the search was suspended, according to the Coast Guard.

The teen was only wearing shorts when he disappeared into the 55-degree water. The Coast Guard recorded ocean swells of about 12 feet.

In earlier reports, officials said the boy had tripped and fallen into the water, but later reports suggested that the teen might have been swimming when he disappeared, according to Coast Guard spokeswoman Charity Hoffman.

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