Matthew Sherrington was last seen in the sea near the Steetley Pier near the Headland in Hartlepool.
The community has now pulled together to continue the search after the coastguard stood down after a 13 hour extensive search.
The boy aged 14-years-old is now feared to have drowned after he was last seen playing in the sea off Hartlepool on Thursday evening.
The area is known locally to have rip currents with warming signs that were attached to posts just three days before the incident.
An extensive search was launched to locate the teenager but the coastguard has since stood down.
Officials believe it would not have been possible for the child to survive in the water for this long.
A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said yesterday ‘Police are conducting searches on the beach area of the Headland in Hartlepool in a bid to find missing Matthew Sherrington aged 14.
‘Matthew was reported missing to police yesterday, Thursday July 15.
‘It was reported that Matthew had been playing in the sea and hasn’t been seen since this sighting.
‘Officers immediately searched the beach and sea area along with coastguard colleagues but have not managed to locate him.’
Hartlepool Community Pulls Together
Editor of Police Hour who lives within this community and witnessed the incident unfold says “Within Hartlepool it’s incredible to see how the community have pulled together to support a family.
“The sheer amount of people who have been up and down within this area at early hours of the morning has been touching.
“It was very touching to see the extra eyes coming and attending the area just to offer support and solidarity to the family.
“The amount of people who live within the Marine Point Housing estate close to this location has been touching as they’ve been making hot and cold drinks for the emergency workers and volunteers the people who live within the area should be incredibly proud of what they’ve been doing.
“Without the support of the beach side houses these emergency workers and volunteers would have been in a very remote location and it has made a huge difference and allowed these to say here longer.
“It’s so sad that Matthew still remains missing but the community of Hartlepool has truly pulled together to find and bring Matthew home to his family.
“The police have asked for people not to search, but the family has urged people to check north east beahes in the hope he can be returned home.
“It is very sad indeed and our thoughts remain with Matthew & his family.”