WILMINGTON, N.C. — The U.S. Coast Guard and local emergency personnel are searching for a swimmer who disappeared off the North Carolina coast.

A statement from the Coast Guard said the command center in Wilmington received a 911 call on Thursday about a 30-year-old man was seen by his wife and friend going under water at Corolla Beach and not resurfacing.

An already-airborne MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City was dispatched to the scene, as well as a 47-foot Medium Life Boat crew from Station Oregon Inlet in Nags Head.

Corolla Ocean Rescue lifeguards and local police joined in the search.

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