***UPDATE*** The body of a missing teen who disappeared in the rough waters of the Gulf of Mexico near Destin Thursday evening was spotted by a beachgoer this afternoon in Miramar Beach (Walton County). The body of the 14-year old Louisiana resident was recovered approximately 1.5 miles from where he went missing off the shore area of 3500 Scenic Highway 98 in east Destin. We want to thank the various agencies who had all worked tirelessly to try to locate the missing swimmer.
An intense search continues this morning after a night of searching in the Gulf of Mexico for a teen from out of state who entered the water and disappeared Wednesday evening near Destin. A witness says the young man went into the Gulf of Mexico off the area around 3500 Scenic Highway 98 in Destin around 6:30 p.m. and began struggling with the current. The person who attempted a rescue also began struggling, but was able to get out of the water. He says he lost sight of the teen. Assets from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard, Destin Beach Patrol, and Walton County assisted in the search, which is continuing this morning.