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Coast Guard searching for 4-year-old swept away by wave in Outer Banks

(Photo courtesy of WVEC, ABC affiliate in Virginia Beach)

UPDATE: 8 p.m.

WVEC is reporting that police are acknowledging that the child is deceased and they are now working on finding the body as they mourn with the family.

The emergency call came in at 4:11 p.m.

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KITTY HAWK, N.C. (WSET) -- The U.S. Coast Guard said a water rescue is underway after a four-year-old was reportedly pulled in to the water Wednesday afternoon.

WVEC in Virginia Beach reported that crews are searching the water off Lillian Street in Kitty Hawk of the Outer Banks.

The Coast Guard said the child and mother had been walking along the beach when a wave came crashing in and swept the child away.

Kitty Hawk Police said the mother was unable to keep her eye on the child and the child went further out into the water.

A helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City is responding, as well as boats from U.S. Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet.

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