UPDATE: ‘I don’t want to go home without him’: Search continues for Orange Beach drowning victim

UPDATE (5/21 10 p.m.): Orange Beach Battalion Chief Bruce Nelson says the department got a tip that someone believed they spotted someone in the water Sunday morning.

Nelson said crews did not find anything after searching that area.

“One report earlier that some people saw something out in the water, so we sent vessels out to that and went to their condo room and tried to get a birds-eye view of what they were seeing,” said Nelson. “But we did not locate anything.”

Orange Beach Fire-Rescue is now calling this search a recovery mission.

“Obviously, we usually go by a golden hour or an hour rule. Once a swimmer has been submerged in water for over an hour it then becomes a recovery phase after that,” said Nelson.

Nelson says the search will continue for the missing swimmer Monday morning.

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) – Officials with Orange Beach Fire-Rescue are continuing their search for a 14-year-old boy swimmer last seen in the Gulf of Mexico.

The boy and his Dad were swimming near the Turquoise restaurant in Orange Beach in the 26,000 block of Perdido Beach Boulevard. The father got out of the water – but the father lost sight of his son who was still in the water.

The report came in around 6 Saturday night.

Around 5:20, Baldwin County moved from single red flags to double red flags.

As twilight approached – crews moved from searching the water to searching the land looking for the teen.

The Fire Chief says the boy was last seen wearing blue shorts.

Chief Kimmerling says the father was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated because he inhaled water. No update on the father’s condition.