Search For Md. Teen Continues

July 25, 2009|By Liz F. Kay and Jacques Kelly | Liz F. Kay and Jacques Kelly,

Search-and-recovery efforts for a 13-year-old Maryland boy who disappeared while in the ocean at Garden City, S.C., resumed Friday morning, according to police.

The teen had been in the Atlantic Ocean with friends early Thursday afternoon when he disappeared, according to Sgt. Robert Kegler of the Horry County Police Department.

Kegler did not identify the boy. But a South Carolina TV station reported that friends had identified him as Lonnie Hill, and that he played for a Greater Glen Burnie Junior Sports League team.

John Maroon, a spokesman for Ripken Baseball, did not release the boy's name. But Maroon confirmed that the missing Maryland teen had traveled with his family to South Carolina to play in the Big Kahuna baseball tournament from July 19 to July 24.

The boy's team had gone to the beach before a scheduled game Thursday night when the incident occurred, Maroon said.

"We remain hopeful that he will be found and we are in contact with the family as well as the boy's teammates, coaches and the parents of the other children on the team," Rob Weinhold, vice president of amateur baseball for Ripken Baseball, said in a prepared statement. Officials said the boy was part of a group of eight children seen struggling in the ocean. The others were rescued. The boy was last seen in the water about 12:40 p.m. The Coast Guard, Department of Natural Resources and several local agencies were searching between Garden City and Surfside Beach.

Authorities can't be certain whether a rip current was a factor, Kegler said. The National Weather Service office in Newport, N.C., had issued a coastal hazard warning about the high threat of rip currents at Myrtle Beach-area beaches through Friday evening.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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