Rescuers call off search for 2 teens swept out to sea in California

Posted at 7:37 AM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 07:37:33-04

Rescuers are calling off a search for two teenage boys swept out to sea in San Francisco, authorities said.

The two 16-year-olds and three friends waded into the surf at Ocean Beach and got pulled out into the water, the SFGate reported. Three made it back to shore and were hospitalized in stable condition.

For five hours, Coast Guard and fire department officials scoured the waters in a 54-square-mile area looking for the two teens, the Coast Guard said.

Investigating agencies notified their families that they have probably drowned, and no recovery effort will be conducted, officials told the SFGate.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the missing persons,” said Capt. Greg Stump, a Coast Guard commander in San Francisco.

“We want to thank all of our partner agencies who assisted with search efforts for their dedication and service to the public.”