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Agencies search for missing Petal teen swept off Ship Island

4 years 2 months 4 weeks ago Monday, May 25 2015 May 25, 2015 May 25, 2015 4:53 PM May 25, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

GULFPORT, Miss. - A 15-year-old Mississippi teenager remains missing Monday after he disappeared during a trip to Ship Island. Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega says the boys were looking for crabs.

Omar Gonzalez of Petal and a 17-year-old friend were swept off the west end of the barrier island in the Mississippi Sound after arriving on a passenger ferry.

The 17-year-old, whose remained unidentified, was found clinging to a buoy in the Gulfport ship channel late Sunday.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and others are looking for the boy.

U.S. Coast Guard Senior Chief Rebecca Polzin says the boys were probably caught in a current.

The family of Gonzalez, including mother Tamara Abney, await news at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Gulfport.

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