CARMEL (CBS SF) – A Monterey County teen is feared dead after he slipped and fell through into a blowhole while hiking along the beach with friends.

The frantic moments were caught on camera showing friends searching for 18-year-old Braxton Stuntz.

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“Where was he last?” asks someone.

Another person gestures to the rocks.

“So see this hole? He slipped. They’re saying he’s under – over there now.”

Stuntz was hiking with a group of friends Saturday at Garrapata Beach, just south of Carmel, when he suddenly slipped and fell 15 feet down the blowhole.

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His friends said he gave them a “thumbs up” and then vanished, as 14-foot waves that were 9 seconds apart crashed around him and swept him out, then underwater.

According to Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, Stuntz’s friends immediately went for help.

Members with MCSO Search and Rescue, Mid-Coast Fire, Cal-Fire, California State Park Rangers/Lifeguards, and CHP Helicopter helped in the search effort.

The U.S. Coast Guard boat and helicopter conducted searches into the night.

Searchers returned on Sunday, but with no success.

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Stuntz is now classified as missing. Officials say the search has shifted to recovery mode.