Coast Guard Calls Off Search For Girl

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for a missing three-year-old Georgia girl who was caught by a strong current while swimming in Panama City Beach.

Authorities say the girl was floating on a raft with an 18-year-old family friend in the kiddy swimming area at St. Andrews State Park when a rough current flipped the raft and both girls were pulled into the channel.

The older girl was recovered by a Good Samaritan.

Divers combed the waters, searching as far as 11-miles of the coast, but they were unable to locate the child.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Navy divers and three helicopters joined the Coast Guard in the rescue effort. Officials called off the search around 1:30 p.m. yesterday.

Coast Guard officials have not released the girl's name, but say she is from Morrow, Georgia.