Search For Missing Pensacola Surfer Called Off

Our deepest sympathies go out to the friends and family of 17-year old John Stevens…

As reported on

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended a search for a surfer Sunday afternoon, 18 hours after the teenager went missing Saturday evening near the Navarre Beach Pier.

Coast Guard spokesman Steve Lewallen said the search was suspended about 1 p.m. Sunday. He said 17-year-old John Stevens of Mississippi was reported missing about 6:45 p.m. Saturday, and the Coast Guard was notified about 9:35 p.m. The search will continue only if there are further developments, Lewallen said.

Dangerous rip currents have hampered activity at area beaches all weekend. On Friday, a Robertsdale, Ala., man drowned when he was caught in a rip current off Perdido Key.