Briella TomassettiJun 20, 2018, 3:06 pmJun 20, 2018, 6:18 pm

Search efforts postponed for 10-year-old who went missing off waters in Long Beach

Officials: Boy and older brother went in for a swim without parents while there were no lifeguards on duty

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LONG BEACH — Rescue efforts were postponed on Wednesday afternoon for the 10-year-old boy who disappeared while swimming with his brother on Tuesday.

The search began Tuesday just after 6 p.m. when the 10-year-old boy first went missing, but first responders aren't giving up hope.

The Coast Guard said earlier on Wednesday morning that it was still actively searching with hopes to find the boy, with more than a dozen agencies involved in the rescue. The young boy's mother was at the scene earlier on Wednesday afternoon, consoled by members of the U.S. Coast Guard and police officers.

Officials said the missing boy and his 11-year-old brother came to Long Beach on Tuesday to swim without their parents while there were no lifeguards on duty. Unconfirmed reports also suggest the boys took a bus down to the beach. The boys went swimming in a particularly dangerous area near jetties with heavy rip currents. Soon afterwards, they became separated in the water under rough conditions. The older boy, who got out safely, ran out of the water and begged other beach-goers for help.

A lifeguard chief in Long Beach said another lifeguard relayed to him that the two boys did not know how to swim, but that information is not confirmed.

The search radius extended several miles both up and down the beach and out to sea.

Meantime, those planning to head out to the beach on Wednesday are being advised that there are no lifeguards on duty until Saturday. They are also being urged to take caution if they plan on going swimming.

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