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18-Year-Old Disappears While Swimming at Emerald Isle; Another Teen Rescued

17-year-old Mary Paige Merical, of Raleigh, was rescued. The search for 18-year-old Ian Frazier Lewis continues.
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Wake Forest teen disappears while swimming at Emerald Isle

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. — Emerald Isle police are reporting they are continuing a search-and-rescue mission Saturday for a Wake Forest teenager who disappeared while swimming at the beach Friday.

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 has been 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, Emerald Isle police said Saturday.

However, 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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