UPDATE: Body of missing swimmer recovered

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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 8:41 pm | Updated: 6:14 pm, Wed Aug 21, 2013.

SARASOTA-UPDATE

The search for a missing swimmer has ended near South Lido Park. Dive teams recovered the body of a 19-year-old male around 8:50 a.m. Sunday morning. The victim's identity has not been released.

 

Sarasota - UPDATE

The search for a missing swimmer off of S. Lido will resume on Sunday at 6:30 a.m. 

According to the Sarasota police department, Saturday at approximately 6:30pm, a black male, 19 years old, was swimming with a friend off the shore of South Lido Beach Park in Sarasota.

The two were approximately 50 to 75 yards off shore, became exhausted and decided to head back to the beach.

The friends became separated. The black male was last seen struggling in the water by his friend who made it to shore.

A search and rescue mission will continue at 6:30am Sunday at South Lido Beach Park. It will be a joint team effort with the Sarasota Police Department, Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife and the Coast Guard.

The name of the black male is unknown at this time.

 According to witnesses two people were swimming without life preservers just south of the South Lido Park at around 6:30 p.m. tonight. Witnesses describe a wake from a passing boat that may have washed over the 19 year old. The 19 year old took two waves from the wake of a boat that had been moving through Big Pass.  Sarasota County Sheriffs helicopter searched from above while several Sarasota Police, Sarasota County, Coast Guard and FWC boats were going through Big Pass looking for the missing swimmer.

 

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