Empty raft floating in ocean leads to search

An empty raft found floating in the ocean off Norris Drive in Litchfield Beach around 1:30 p.m. prompted a search by Midway Fire Rescue, but no victims were found.

Several witnesses had reported seeing someone in the raft earlier.

Water rescue teams from Midway retrieved the raft, canvassed the beach to see if anyone was missing, and checked the water for anyone in distress.

Firefighters left the scene just before 3 p.m. after no evidence was found that anyone was missing in the water.