High school swim coach: 'Brussow most beloved kid on the team'

Former Rockford swim coach says Jonathan Brussow was the second best diver on the team.

Police in the Bahamas are searching for 19-year-old Jonathan Brussow, after he vanished in the Caribbean a couple of days ago.

Bahamian Police say he was swept into the sea in the area of the Glass Window Bridge near Queen's Bath. Another person was with Brussow and managed to climb to safety and call for help.

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Earlier in the week, the Bahamian government issued a national emergency management notice that the glass window bridge would be closed because of the high sea surges. Waves were reported to be as high as 40 feet.

Brussow's former swim coach at Rockford is holding out hope.

"The kids on the team would call him JB for Jonathan Brussow, everybody would just be screaming 'let's go JB!'" Former Rockford High School swim coach Derek Mead said.

Brussow was a star athlete on the Rockford swim and dive team before he graduated.

"He was going for bigger and better dives trying to improve and trying to constantly push it and never be satisfied with were he was at and he just really was an awesome kid," Mead said.

Mead was Brussow's coach from 2014 to 2016.

"I really believe it when I say I think he was the most beloved kid on our team," Mead said.

Brussow was the second best diver on the team.

"Obviously when you're looking at getting swept out to sea and he was on the swim team - he was a diver, it is ironic in that sense but it just goes to show you the power of nature, and you can never be too careful in those situations," Mead said.

The Glass Window Bridge is a popular attraction that separates the dark blue Atlantic Ocean and the turquoise Caribbean Sea.

"It's just going to be really really difficult going forward but we're still praying for a miracle," Mead said.

The U.S. Coast Guard was assisting in the search but is no longer an active part of the investigation.

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is aware of the situation.

In a statement, officials said: "When a U.S. citizen is reported missing overseas, we cooperate with search efforts by local authorities. We stand ready to provide appropriate assistance to U.S. citizens in need."

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