Local crews have called off their search after reports of a kite boarder in distress in the ocean off of Myrtle Beach State Park, officials said Friday.
Myrtle Beach Fire Department and Horry County Police and Fire Rescue responded to a report of the person in distress at about 2 p.m. on Friday. Authorities deployed jet skis into the water and notified the Coast Guard.
But by roughly 4 p.m., Lt. Jon Evans of MBFD said the department was pulling its resources from the search. Horry County Police jet skis were also seen exiting the water around the same time.
Evans said responders were unsure if there ever was a person on a kite board stranded in the ocean, as initial reports indicated.
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It is unclear at this time if the Coast Guard has also pulled out of the search. A Coast Guard representitive said that the investigation is ongoing.
A banner plane had been deployed earlier to search for the person, but authorities never located a person or a kite board, Evans said.
No swimming flags were posted along the beach, barring swimmers from entering the water near the search site by the pier.
Chloe Johnson contributed to this report.