CAROLINA BEACH — A 10-year-old Sanford boy drowned off Carolina Beach Saturday after he and his family were caught in rough waters, police said.
Master Emanuel Carter disappeared in the surf around 2 p.m. yesterday while he was swimming with his parents and 15-year-old brother near the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area of the beach.
The family was caught in a possible rip tide, according to Deputy C.G. Smith, spokesman for the New Hanover Sheriff's Office.
Lifeguards rescued the parents and teenager but couldn't find Master, Smith said. Helicopters sent out to patrol the area could not immediately locate the body.
Officials expanded the search to include regional EMS services, ocean rescue personnel, the U.S. Coast Guard and the New Hanover County Sheriff's marine unit and dive team.
A Coast Guard helicopter conducted a grid search and located Master's body about two hours later. The initial helicopters may have had a difficult time tracking him because of the high tide, Smith said.
Upon the body's retrieval, EMS responders reported a heart rhythm that was "not sustaining life" according to Smith. Master was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The family had been spending the day at the beach with several other families, Smith said. Both parents and teenager were rescued without injury.