14-year-old swimmer disappears in current off Anna Maria

July 6, 2013 

— Rescue workers are searching for a 14-year-old Polk County boy who witnesses say was swept away by currents while wading in the Gulf in Anna Maria.

The Manatee County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call at about 5 p.m. Saturday about a missing swimmer in the Gulf of Mexico at the end of Willow Ave., in Anna Maria, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Dave Bristow.

Witnesses told deputies a the boy was swept underwater by the current. At 7:20 p.m. the boy had not been located.

The boy's 12-year-old brother was caught in the current but was able to get to shore and is OK, Bristow told the Herald.

The boys were only in knee-deep water when they were caught in the current, witnesses said. Agencies assisting in the search include the Sheriff's Office, the Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. In addition to boats, three helicopters are involved in the search, Bristow said.

This story will be updated throughout the evening.

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