Friends and family members of a teen who was feared to be swept away in the Pittman Wash gather before search resumed Thursday.(Dave Lawrence/FOX5)
Volunteers got a break in the weather to return to the Pittman Wash. (Armando Navarro/FOX5)
People stand over the Pittman Wash amid a search and rescue of a teen. (Roger Bryner/FOX5)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -
Friends, family members and law enforcement resumed their search Thursday for Will Mootz, a day after the teen reportedly fell into the Pittman Wash.
Henderson police said they received a call of a teen falling into the moving wash near Sunset Road and Stephanie Street about 11:41 a.m. Wednesday.
According to police, officers and Henderson firefighters responded at Sunset along Stephanie and Boulder Highway.
Air units from Las Vegas Metro police were also called to assist in the search, police said.
Authorities noted the Pittman Wash flows into the Las Vegas Wash in the east end of the valley.
Friends say the missing teen Mootz is an incoming senior at Green Valley High School and a member of the wrestling team.
Mootz was with a friend along the wash when he apparently slipped and fell in.
"I guess he was just sticking his foot in to see, I have no clue what, and it just took him out and he just fell in," said friend Justin Fauvel, who described the waters as fast moving. "Just really high waves and tides, really rough. You can't really swim or anything in it."
Rescue operations ceased Wednesday night before starting up again Thursday morning, crews said.
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