Search for Teen Missing in NJ Waters Suspended

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    New Jersey State police say a search for a New  Jersey teenager who disappeared after being knocked down by a large wave has been suspended due to rough surf.

     State police, the Coast Guard and local rescue teams searched for several hours Thursday morning for 16-year-old Sal Roberts, who was last seen early Wednesday afternoon.

    Police say the Voorhees boy was among a group of seven  teens on a beach outing to Seaside Heights organized by Youth
     Consultation Services.

    The boy was swimming with a second teen when they were knocked over by a large wave around 1 p.m. A lifeguard rescued the second  teen but was unable to grab Roberts.

    The Guard received a call at 1:19 p.m. Wednesday from a member of Seaside Heights 911 dispatch reporting that a 16-year-old male was seen being swept out by the surf, officials said. 

    A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J., and a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, N.J., were first on scene and searching, officials said.