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Search for Ohio teen off Fripp Island suspended for the night

The search for a 16-year-old Ohio boy lost while swimming off Fripp Island was suspended around 8 p.m. after he had not yet been found, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff s Office news release. Numerous rescue teams searched for Eric Clark of Worthington, Ohio, after he was lost while swimming out in approximately 8-foot deep water around 2:30 p.m., Fripp Island Property Owners Association general manager Kate Hines said Sunday afternoon. Rescuers will begin their search again at first light on Monday, according to the release.

The other swimmers said they believed Clark was caught in an undertow around 2:30 p.m., according to the release. All of the other swimmers have been accounted for, but by 6 p.m. rescuers were still searching for Clark. Clark was visiting Fripp Island for the third year in a row with his basketball team, Hines said. The team and their coach rent a house each year to spend some time vacationing together. The Sheriff s Office, United States Coast Guard, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Beaufort Marine Rescue and Fripp Island Security and Fripp Island Fire Department are all working to find the boy, according to Hines and the release.

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