Girl missing, brother rescued off Wash. Coast

Credit: Damian Mulinix/Chinook Observer

Damian Mulinix/dmulinix@chinookobserver.com Surf rescue swimmers Julez Orr and Eddie Mendez carry an 11-year-old boy to the shore after rescuing him from the ocean Thursday afternoon. The boy had been in the water for over 30 minutes when he was rescued.

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by Associated Press and KGW.com Staff

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Posted on July 3, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 4 at 10:09 AM

LONG BEACH, Wash. -- An 11-year-old girl is missing in the water off Long Beach, Wash. after her brother was rescued Thursday afternoon, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The girl, along with her 10-year-old brother, was pulled out to sea by a rip current around 2 p.m., according to the Coast Guard. 

Rescuers were able to save the boy but the girl vanished under water, witnesses said.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and a 47-foot motor life boat searched for the girl while Long Beach resident Bill Thomas searched from shore.

"I'm not here trying to be a hero," said Thomas. "I'm just out here trying to find somebody."

The boy was in the water for anywhere between 25 and 30 minutes before he was rescued. He was floating on his back when found by lifeguards on a jet ski. 

"It was a pretty emotional moment when they brought him onto the beach this afternoon," said Lt. Scott McGrew.

When asked if he knew where his sister was, the stunned sibling told rescuers "I don't know."

The boy was taken to Ocean Beach Hospital for treatment, according to the Chinook Observer. His mother rode with him in the ambulance. His grandmother stayed on the beach as the search went on for the boy's sister.

Searchers suspended their efforts just before nightfall.

Names have not yet been released.  The family is from Chimacum, Wash.

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(Photo of boy rescued courtesy of the Chinook Observer.)

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