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Lifeguards search ocean for missing 17-year-old boy

SAN DIEGO – About a dozen lifeguards searched the water at Mission Beach after a 17-year-old boy was reported missing Sunday, authorities said.

The search happened at Windemere Court and Ocean Front Walk near the border of Mission Beach and Pacific Beach around 6 p.m.

Five teenagers were reportedly swimming in the water Sunday afternoon when a rip current pulled them out further into the ocean, lifeguards said.

The group was believed to have only been in knee-deep water.

Two of the teenagers were able to get out of the water on their own, while two others were assisted by lifeguards.

“We rescued two individuals, we pulled them out of deep water, one of them was critical and when we got to shore they reported a third person one of their friends was missing,” said Lt. Andy Lerum with the San Diego Lifeguards.

The search for the fifth teenager was called off around 7:30 p.m. due to it being too dark.

San Diego lifeguards were being assisted by a search helicopter and say SCUBA divers could only see 3 feet underwater due to the conditions.

None of the teenagers are from the San Diego area. The two teenagers rescued did not need to be taken to hospitals.

Lifeguards say they will resume their search Monday morning.