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Search for Missing Swimmer Continues

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Chaston Brown, 17 Chaston Brown, 17

Update: 8:30pm July 21, 2014

Divers discontinued the search for Chaston Brown Monday due to deteriorating conditions in the Gulf, but lifeguards continued to look for the teen from the beach. The search has so far been unsuccessful. 

Crews will continue to search for Brown Tuesday.

  

UPDATE: 12:45pm July 21, 2014
News 5 has confirmed the identity of the missing swimmer as 17-year-old Chaston Brown of Louisiana.

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Authorities are looking for a teenager who's missing in dangerous surf on the Alabama coast.

Gulf Shores police received a distress call about a male juvenile who was in distress in the water about 4 p.m. Sunday. The search had to be suspended after about three hours because of rough surf and fading light.

News 5 has learned the boy is a 17-year-old from Louisiana.

The Gulf Shores Police Department says the search resumed Monday. A dive team is in the water looking for the missing person.

The weather service says there's currently a high risk of dangerous rip currents on the state's beaches. Double red flags are flying to warn swimmers to stay out of the water.

Police haven't released the name of the missing teen.

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