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Memorial planned for surfer from North Myrtle Beach who vanished Friday

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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) -

Saturday morning North Myrtle Beach Safety suspended the active search for a missing 19-year-old who went surfing during Tropical Storm Andrea.

North Myrtle Beach Spokesperson Pat Dowling says the man's family has been informed. 

The man, Anderson Estep, went missing Friday afternoon while surfing near the Cherry Grove Pier.

He went to go surfing in the area along with his younger brother, according to a police report. At first both waited for conditions to improve, but later Anderson went surfing while the younger brother watch from shore.

The brother told authorities that he never saw Anderson leave the water.

"My heart is heavy. I thank The Lord for the promise of eternity. This hope lightens our load. Please pray for the family of Anderson Estep. Our dear friend, a fine, talented young man of Christ lost at sea yesterday as he braved the surf in Myrtle Beach," wrote friend Gail Bateman Bliss on Facebook along with a photo of Anderson.

North Myrtle Beach Lifeguards and Beach Patrol personnel will continue to monitor the beach as part of a continuing recovery effort.

A Memorial service is planned for Estep on Wednesday at 4 pm at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church.

"Anderson Estep ... played in the worship team at my mom's church. When we were at the beach (and) saw him surfing and later the emergency vehicles were on the beach in front of our condo....it just makes it so close...please pray for the family," wrote Charlotte Ferguson Saunders on Facebook.

Oceanfront jurisdictions in North Carolina have been informed of what occurred so that they, too, can monitor their beaches.

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