PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WBTW) –The missing swimmer in Pawley’s island has been identified as Courtney Dorsey of Georgetown.
On Monday night, rescue crews called off the search for the missing 18-year-old , although aerial searches will continue.
Chief Dough Eggiman of Midway Fire Rescue said the rescue teams had exhausted their efforts and a decision was made just after 5:30 p.m.
Midway Fire Rescue Chief Dough Eggiman says the call came in around 7:40 p.m. Sunday and rescue crews searched the ocean for the missing swimmer for roughly two hours.
Pawleys Island Police Department confirms the search for the missing swimmer resumed Monday morning around 8:30 a.m. The department released a statement on its Twitter page that it hopes to “bring some closure for the family.”
Battalion Chief Paramedic Carr Gilmore says a 15-year-old swimmer went under and his 18-year-old brother attempted to help, but the 18-year-old disappeared beneath the water.
Gilmore says the 15-year-old made it back safely with help from rescue crews, but they have not found the other teen.
Rescue crews were in the water swimming and using water crafts in the search.
Eggimen says they made the decision to call off the search shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday due to it being extremely dark and the water currents being high.
They continued the search early Monday morning. Midway Fire Rescue, Pawley’s Island Police, and South Carolina DNR worked together in the search.
Gilmore says they believe rip currents could be what took the young man under water, and now all swimmers need to know what to look for when it comes to the dangerous currents in the ocean.
“You’ll see a discoloration of water, and that’s where the water has created an area of least resistance and it’s just sweeping that water in there and it creates almost like a channel,” said Gilmore.
Gilmore says if you feel like you’re getting caught in a rip current, you should swim parallel to the shore until you no longer feel the strong current.Then, when you’re out, swim at an angle away from the line of the current until you reach the shore.
Though the big search is over, police and beach patrols will continue to monitor and perform routine patrols of the area.