Crews continue search for missing swimmer in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach police and rescue crews continue to search for a missing swimmer that was last seen struggling in the water near Springmaid Pier Tuesday evening.

Myrtle Beach police resumed search efforts early Wednesday morning, and Lt. Joey Crosby says they will continue to search “until we’ve exhausted all of our efforts.”

Police continue to “search every possible scenario and every possible location,” Crosby said, to find a man who was struggling in the ocean near 29th Avenue South, according to witnesses who said they tried to get to him, but couldn’t.

Coast Guard rescuers, who used helicopters and boats in the search Tuesday evening, returned to help with the search Wednesday, Crosby said.

The search started about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday near Springmaid Pier when police responded to a call of a swimmer in distress. A 20-year-old man in a brown shirt was struggling while in the ocean, according to Lt. Christian Sliker with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department.

Another officer said that several people tried to assist, but the swimmer disappeared from sight.

The Myrtle Beach Fire-Rescue searched the ocean with Jet Skis and had swimmers in the water.

No missing persons reports have been filed and police have no further information about the identity of the swimmer, Crosby said.

Anyone with information about the missing swimmer is asked to call the Myrtle Beach Police Department at 843-918-1300