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By Meghan McRoberts & Christian Noce

JUNO BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Rescue personnel continue to search for a swimmer who went missing near the Juno Beach Pier on Sunday evening.

According to authorities, the 27-year-old man disappeared north of the pier after 6 p.m.

Fire rescue officials said the man was swimming with a friend in water up to their necks when he went missing. 

The missing swimmer's friend told crews they lost their footing and tried swimming back to shore.

Fire rescue says there was no lifeguard on duty at the time and surf was rough.

"We had and extremely driving rainstorm. The winds kicked up the seas, probably doubled in size in a matter of 15 minutes, so that seriously complicated things," said Michael Amelung with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

Fire rescue says this incident serves as a reminder not to risk your own safety in rough water and to call for help immediately.

A rescue helicopter and divers joined in the search for the missing man.  The search was suspended overnight but will resume Monday morning. 

Rescues at Palm Beach Shores

Two people were also pulled from the water Sunday around 6 p.m. in Palm Beach Shores.   There's no word on their conditions.

Lake Worth Pier rescues

Six swimmers were caught in the rip currents near the Lake Worth Pier. Fire rescue says the swimmers were assisted back to the shore. Four people were taken to two different hospitals.

According to authorities, the 27-year-old man disappeared north of the pier after 6 p.m.

Fire rescue officials said the man was swimming with a friend in water up to their necks when he went missing. 

The missing swimmer's friend told crews they lost their footing and tried swimming back to shore.

Fire rescue says there was no lifeguard on duty at the time and surf was rough.

"We had and extremely driving rainstorm. The winds kicked up the seas, probably doubled in size in a matter of 15 minutes, so that seriously complicated things," said Michael Amelung with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

Fire rescue says this incident serves as a reminder not to risk your own safety in rough water and to call for help immediately.

A rescue helicopter and divers joined in the search for the missing man.  The search was suspended overnight but will resume Monday morning. 

Rescues at Palm Beach Shores

Two people were also pulled from the water Sunday around 6 p.m. in Palm Beach Shores.   There's no word on their conditions.

Lake Worth Pier rescues

Six swimmers were caught in the rip currents near the Lake Worth Pier. Fire rescue says the swimmers were assisted back to the shore. Four people were taken to two different hospitals.

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