A 4-year-old kid was strolling with his mom in shallow waters on a shoreline in Kitty Hawk, N.C., on Wednesday evening when a wave came smashing onto shore with savagery.
The current thumped the family off their feet, tearing the young boy far from his mom and pulling him into the ocean.
At around 4 p.m., Coast Guard, police and fire specialists began the search for the missing child according to authorities. The family had been on vacation.
The search groups looked through an aggregate of 130 square nautical miles, using a Jayhawk helicopter and 47-foot engine raft to examine the waters for the kid, stated the Coast Guard.
“I can’t imagine what the family of this little boy is going through right now.”
“A tragic accident occurred today in Kitty Hawk,” Chief Joel C. Johnson, of the Kitty Hawk Police Department, wrote on Facebook, explaining it happened suddenly under “The watchful eye of the attending parents while walking along the shore.”
The news of the boy’s vanishing united residents and authorities, provoking local people to accumulate at the shoreline to join the search.
One man drifted over the waters in his controlled paraglider for two hours in the expectation of finding the kid.
On Thursday morning, Johnson wrote that they were just hoping to find the boy’s body to help the family get closure.
The family has not been recognized, but instead, police told the Union Leader that the kid was the family’s only child.
Jeremy Thomas, a chief petty officer with the U.S. Coast Guard in Wilmington, couldn’t state how as often people are ripped into the ocean while strolling in shallow water.