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15-Year-Old Boy Missing in Jersey Shore Water

Rescuers searched on Sunday afternoon for a 15-year-old boy who disappeared while swimming with family in the water off the Jersey Shore. 

Josiah Jeremia Robinson and his sister were reported in distress in Monmouth County's Spring Lake burough by the Newark Avenue jetty just before 3 p.m., Spring Lake Police Chief Ed Kerr said. 

The girl was rescued by a family member, Kerr said. The brother hasn't been seen since. 

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends during this tragedy," the police department said in a statement. 

The Coast Guard and New Jersey State Police assisted with helicopters, divers and rescue boats. Police and asssistting agencies will continue to search for Robinson. 

There was a strong rip current on Sunday. 

All beaches in Spring Lake were closed as lifeguards were diverted to the rescue. 

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