The Coast Guard issued a statement Thursday regarding a 4-year-old boy who was swept out to sea in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Tragically, the search for the boy has been suspended.
“Suspending a search for anyone, let alone a young child, is the most difficult thing a commanding officer in the Coast Guard is called upon to do,” Capt. Bion Stewart said.
The Coast Guard announced on Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. that they had ended its search of the boy. After a 10 hour-hunt for him, they still had not been able to locate his whereabouts, according to People.
The child was swept away by a wave around 4 p.m. local time on Wednesday off North Carolina, at the popular tourist spot, Outer Banks.
Somehow, the mother “subsequently lost sight of him in the surf.”
Stewart added, “I can’t imagine what the family of this little boy is going through right now.”
Police Department Chief Joel Johnson released a statement via social media, describing the situation as “a tragic accident.”
On Thursday, Johnson announced that “at this time all search efforts have been suspended and have now transitioned to recovery efforts.”
“We are patrolling the beach… and a lot of citizens are out there looking for him, hoping that he will surface,” Johnson added. “I hope that we will find him today or tomorrow morning.”
Please pray for the family affected by the missing child, for strength and healing during this tragic time. Be sure to read about a famous TV star who was found guilty of sexual assault on Thursday, faces up to 10 years in prison.