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Body of missing Annapolis swimmer recovered by Ocean City authorities, Coast Guard says

The body of a missing swimmer who had been missing for almost 24 hours was recovered by authorities in Ocean City Thursday afternoon, a spokesman for the United States Coast Guard said.

Petty Officer Steve Lehmann said the boy was 17 years old.

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He was from Annapolis, the Ocean City Fire Department said in a Facebook post Thursday.

Authorities have not yet released the boy’s name.

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Around 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Ocean City Fire Department sent firefighters to the area of 112th Street on the beach for a missing swimmer.

Minutes earlier, lifeguards with the Ocean City Beach Patrol noticed a group who were struggling to swim, the fire department said in its Facebook post.

As three swimmers struggled onto the shore, lifeguards attempted to save another swimmer who was being swept away by a rip current, the fire department said. A call came in to 911 operators around the same time reporting the swimmer being swept away.

The Coast Guard deployed search assets shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, Lehmann said. Eventually it sent a helicopter, a cargo plane, an 47-foot life boat and an 87-foot coastal patrol vessel joined in the search.

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Some 50 Surf Rescue Technicians from the beach patrol entered the water to look for the missing swimmer, the fire department said. Maryland Natural Resources Police also contributed to the search.

The beach patrol deferred comment to a town spokesperson. Jessica Waters, the spokeswoman, did not immediately return a voicemail message Thursday afternoon.

Crews searched for two hours but could not find the boy.

Now that his body has been recovered, Lehmann said, the Coast Guard will focus on helping the boy’s family.

“It’s not a good day when a search ends like this,” he said. “In moments like this, our priority shifts to the family and whatever we can do for them.”

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