UPDATE: The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a 13-year-old boy who went missing while swimming with his family at Gloucester Point Beach in Virginia.
According to WAVY, the Abington Fire and Rescue also suspended their search Saturday afternoon, after the teen boy had been missing for a day. The Coast Guard had searched 44 square miles over a 13-hour-period.
“The decision to suspend a search is a difficult one to make,” Coast Guard Capt. Rick Wester, commander, Sector Hampton Roads, said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the boy’s family during this difficult time.”
A 13-year-old boy has gone missing off the coast of Gloucester Point in Virginia.
WAVY reports that the boy was swimming with his sister near a fishing pier on Friday when he went under and didn’t come back up. The Coast Guard received a call at about 4:40 p.m. on Friday afternoon.
A woman who said she was the boy’s mother told WAVY that the missing teen’s name is Chandler Shetterly.
Chandler, also known as Chad, was wearing a red, white, and blue swim suit when he was last seen.
On Friday evening, WAVY spoke to Chad’s sister Amy Shetterly, who said she didn’t know exactly how he got lost in the water.
“I don’t know if he went under, or if he went out. I mean, we have hope. I’m hoping he just wandered off but, it’s been six hours now… but nothing has been found yet.”
Feature photo: Family photo/WAVY