Search for teen swimmer who went missing on South Fork Catawba River continues


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GASTON COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Crews rescued one teen and were searching for a second who became stranded on an island in South Fork Catawba River Monday night.

Officials said the two boys, went into the South Fork Catawba River about 6:30 p.m. Monday and got caught in the current while swimming.

The area is near Stanly Spencer-Mountain Road in Lowell.

One of the teens was able to make it to the island and managed to wave down a truck that was on the bridge, emergency officials said.

Crews were able to recover him from the island. He told rescuers that he and the other boy, 14-year-old Ethan Danny Britt, got separated while exploring the river area. Rescuers are continuing to search for the teen.

Anyone who has seen or had contact with Ethan is urged to contact the Gaston County Police.

This is a developing story. Keep refreshing for updates.

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