Missing swimmer near Port Washington presumed dead

Port Washington Fire Chief Mark Mitchell told TODAY'S TMJ4 the water search for 15-year-old Tyler Buczek has been suspended indefinitely.  Mitchell said the search has been draining for rescue crews mentally and physically.

Rescue workers who have been searching Lake Michigan for Buczek say they're dealing with a recovery mission.

Buczek would have been a freshman at Port Washington High School.

According to Mitchell, around 18 divers were out there Monday looking for Buczek.

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  • PORT WASHINGTON - Rescue workers who have been searching Lake Michigan for a missing swimmer near Port Washington say they're now dealing with a recovery mission.

    "I got a phone call telling me they couldn't find him," friend Abby Graf says.

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  • When Abby saw rescue boats swarming near Port Washington's North Beach Sunday afternoon, she knew it was serious.

    Rescue crews were searching for her friend. The 15-year-old boy disappeared while swimming with a group of friends just north of the Port Washington harbor.

    "A last day of summer swim at the beach and they went under and one didn't come back up," Abby's mother, Karen Graf says.

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  • Her daughter was supposed to be at the beach, too.

    "I can't imagine getting that phone call," Karen says. "It's every parents' worst nightmare."

    A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter circled the area by air while a handful of boats trolled the water for a good six hours.

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  • Friends of the victim clung to their loved ones in tears.

    "My heart is just breaking for his parents," Karen says. "I can't even imagine."

    As night fell, driver swept the water on foot as friends tried to understand how such a young life could be lost.

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  • "We're all freshmen," one friend says. "It supposed to be we're all happy, we're in high school. But I don't think that's going to be how it is this year."

    The search was called off at about 8:30 Sunday night and will resume Monday.

    Meanwhile, counselors will be at Port Washington High School Monday morning to help process students through this tragedy.

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  • Port Washington Fire Chief Mark Mitchell told TODAY'S TMJ4 the water search for 15-year-old Tyler Buczek has been suspended indefinitely.

  • Rescue workers who have been searching Lake Michigan for 15-year-old Tyler Buczek say they're dealing with a recovery mission.

  • According to Port Washington Fire Chief Mark Mitchell, around 18 divers were out there Monday looking for Buczek.

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  • Photo: Nick Montes