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Swimmers rescued off Boca Grande, one missing

Posted at 7:07 AM, Jun 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-19 07:09:49-04

The search continues Sunday for a missing swimmer who disappeared off the coast of Boca Grande Saturday afternoon.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office says four swimmers were on a sandbar near the Boca Grande lighthouse just before 4 p.m. when the current began to shift outbound.

Beach-goers tried to rescue the stranded swimmers, but had to call for help.  Two females and one male were eventually rescued, but a 21-year-old man disappeared before being rescued.

After establishing a command post, multiple law enforcement agencies began a search by air and boat.  The U.S. Coast Guard has taken the lead on the search as it enters Sunday.