11-year-old girl missing near Long Beach; boy rescued

11-year-old girl missing near Long Beach; boy rescued
Surf rescue swimmers Julez Orr and Eddie Mendez carry an 9-year-old boy to the shore after rescuing him from the ocean Thursday afternoon. Photo: Damian Mulinix/dmulinix@chinookobserver.com

LONG BEACH, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say an 11-year-old girl is still missing in the Pacific Ocean surf off a southwest Washington beach while her 9-year-old brother was rescued after treading water for about a half hour Thursday night.
    
Coast Guard boats and a helicopter aided in the search for the little girl until nightfall. The search was called off, and is planned to resume Friday morning.
    
Long Beach Police Chief Flint Wright says the children had been wading in the surf when they apparently got caught in a rip tide. He says the children and their mother are from Chimacum on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.
    
Wright called it "miraculous" that the boy was found alive.
    
Surf rescue team leader Doug Knutzen says the boy told rescuers he didn't know where his sister was. Knutzen says only the very top of the boy's face was out of the water when rescuers reached him. The child was checked at a nearby hospital.