Teens Presumed Dead After Being Taken by Rip Current

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—Two teens are now presumed dead in Atlantic City after one girl was swept away by a rip current and her friend jumped in to help save her.

It was around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 15th, when the Atlantic City Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call about two swimmers reported to be drowning in the ocean off of the Kentucky Avenue Beach after lifeguards had gone off duty.

Officials arrived quickly to the scene only to find the two teens were nowhere to be found.

Police say a group was leaving the ocean when 16-year-old Kaliyah Hand was pulled from the shore by a rip current.

Her friend, 15-year-old Ramon Quinn, tried to rescue her when the two were pulled further out and under water.

Local officials, along with the United States Coast Guard, searched for the teens until efforts were suspended due to darkness and rough conditions Thursday night.

A search of the beach and shoreline continued throughout the night and a water search resumed early Friday morning with efforts going from rescue to recovery. That search was called off by the coast guard later in the day on Friday.

Officials are reminding everyone to only swim on guarded beaches. If you are ever caught in a rip current they say to stay calm and never try to fight it. But swim parallel to the shore until you are free from the current, then make your way back to shore.

You should also never swim alone and if you do see someone you know caught in a current call a lifeguard or 9-1-1 immediately.

It's also important to be aware of the water conditions and remember not to swim near jetties or piers.

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