Coast Guard rescues five off Cape May; teen swimmer missing off Ocean City

The Coast Guard and other emergency crews are searching for a 14-year-old boy who was swept out to sea by an undercurrent while swimming with friends off Ocean City.

The boy was reported missing shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday after everyone except the teen made it back to shore. A 25-foot Coast Guard boat, a Coast Guard helicopter and crews from the New Jersey State Police Marine Unit and the Ocean City Fire Department still were searching for the boy early Monday.

WCAU-TV reports that the Ocean City Beach Patrol has recovered six to eight people who were swimming with the teen near the 9th Street Beach when they ran into a rip current.

Earlier on Sunday, the Coast Guard rescued five people from a boat that was taking on water about 35 miles off Cape May.

A person aboard the 34-foot vessel radioed for help around noon Sunday.

Two Coast Guard vessels and a helicopter responded to the scene.

A crewman boarded the stricken vessel with a pump and found about three feet of water in the boat.

The pump got the upper hand on the flooding and the vessel was escorted to Schooner Island Marina.

No one was injured.

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