Steetley Beach Hartlepool: Ongoing search after reports of a swimmer going missing.

Local reports suggest that a teenager was swimming within the sea with friends before the search was launched.

A teenage boy is believed to have been swimming within the area just left to the pier. A Coastguard helicopter is above the area conducting a mile-wide search of the scene.

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Cleveland Police have cleared members of the public from the area while a multi-agency search operation has been launched.

Emergency services raced to the scene just before 7pm on Thursday 17th July which is located near to the West View area of Hartlepool.

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The H M Coastguard Search and Rescue, Cleveland Police and RNLI are currently involved within the search.

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Eye witnesses at the scene said three teenagers were swimming within the sea and only two came back out of the water.

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