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Search For NJ Teen Swimmer To Resume As Recovery Effort

HAMILTON, N.J. (CBS) -- The search for a missing teenage swimmer who got swept away in the water in Hamilton Township is resuming Thursday as a recovery effort.

Police say first responders were called out to a marshy area behind Westcott Avenue around 5 p.m. Wednesday for a report of two teens who were swimming and got swept away.

Only one of them made it back to shore.

"I reached out and tried to grab him but since the current was so strong it took him away from my hand," said the teen. "He was going under, coming up gasping for air...and he went around the corner and I lost sight of him."

Crews searched for the other teen, a 17-year-old boy, all day Wednesday until calling off the search around 9 p.m.

Multiple New Jersey law enforcement agencies, including State Police, are assisting in the search efforts.

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