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Search for teen swept out to sea continues one final day

6:15 AM, Jul 9, 2012   |    comments
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HAWAII, HI. - The search for a 15-year-old boy swept out to sea in Hawaii will continue for one final day today.

Tyler Madoff of White Plains, NY., was exploring tide pools on the big island of Hawaii on the 4th of July when a rogue wave at least six feet high swept him and another boy out to sea.

The other boy was pulled from the water about fifteen minutes later and was resuscitated. But Tyler has not been found.

Tyler's parents are critizing the tour company saying they should have helped search more for their son.

They spoke publicly to the media this weekend.

"Tyler Vaughn, we love you from the bottom of our hearts," Michael Madoff said. "You are the best of your mother and you are the best of me. You brought smiles and joy to everybody...The people from Bold Earth Expeditions have shown poor judgment and extremely poor character. None of the Bold Earth people stayed on the site to continue to search for our son Tyler."

"We will carry you in our hearts always," he said.

Fire officials have now classified Tyler's disappearance as a fatality, according to a Hawaiian news channel.

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