Father holds out hope for missing son

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The Coast Guard stopped searching the waters at Gulfstream Park for Rodelson Normil, a Boynton Beach 17-year-old who was swept out to sea on Friday afternoon.

His father, Roger Normil, said he continues to hold out hope for a miracle.

"I walk around the beach," said Normil. "Put my eyes on the water, I don't see nothing."

The Coard Guard suspended the search for Rodelson, but friends came out to look at the surf on Saturday.

Roger said his son didn't know how to swim, and it was only the second time his son had ever been to the beach.

"He told me he's not going to swim," recalled Roger. "He said he wasn't going to be in the water. He said he was going to walk around, talking."

Karen Whetsell, Rodelson's principal at Boynton Beach High School, described him as a "great student," in the top ten percent of his junior class. "Friendly, kind, good personality with a lot of friends," Whetsell wrote, in an email. "The kind of student everyone loves to have in class."

Rodelson had just received his pilot's license from the Boynton Beach Aerospace Academy, but his dad worried his son may never get the chance to use it.

"My heart is broken," said Roger, fighting back tears. "I don't know what I'm thinking right now. It's very sad."

Roger said despite more than 24 hours passing since Rodelson went missing, somehow,  he continues to pray for good news for his only son.

"I hope for a miracle," said Roger. "I don't know, but that's what I hope."