SPRING LAKE, NJ — A teenager from Mercer County who was swimming in rough waters yesterday afternoon in Spring Lake is still missing, according to authorities.

At about 2:45 p.m. on September 1, the Spring Lake police and lifeguards responded to two juvenile swimmers in distress off the Brighton Avenue beach, Spring Lake police reported in a Facebook post.

While a bystander in the water was able to reach the female victim, who was brought to shore with the assistance of lifeguards, the male victim — identified as Josiah Jeremiah Robison, 15, of Ewing — could not be located after a four-hour search. The rescued teenage girl is reported to be his sister.

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Spring Lake was assisted in the rescue effort, which stretched from the Ludlow Avenue to Jersey Avenue beachfront, by lifeguards and law enforcement from the New Jersey State Police, U.S. Coast Guard, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, Spring Lake Heights, Sea Girt, Belmar, Manasquan and Wall.

The search is expected to continue this morning. The risk of rip currents remains high along the entire Jersey Shore.

In June 2017, Belmar suffered its own tragic drowning incidents when cousins Mitzi Hernandez Nicolas, 13, and Emily Gonzalez Perez, 12, of Belmar  lost their lives after swimming off a Ninth Avenue beach during off-hours.

Anyone who may have information on the Spring Lake incident are asked to contact Detective Sgt. Christopher Kucinski at 732-449-1234 or ckucinski@springlakepolice.org.


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