Body of missing swimmer is recovered in Isabela, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard District 7 NewsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The body of a missing swimmer was recovered by local emergency responders Wednesday morning, after a jogger found the body washed ashore on the beach near Punta Jacinto, Isabela, Puerto Rico.

The swimmer was last seen struggling in the heavy surf Tuesday morning just off of Punta Jacinto. Three people reportedly jumped into the water to rescue the swimmer however, they were unable to reach him due to the heavy surf in the area.

“Our most heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family on the loss of their loved one,” said. Capt. Drew Pearson, Sector San Juan commander. “Many dangers in waters around Puerto Rico are not always apparent, especially during high surf periods. People are reminded to pay close attention to the weather and take all necessary precautions when swimming including following local warnings and identifying any foreseen or unforeseen dangers in the area”.

Since the search began Tuesday, Coast Guard rescue crews aboard MH-65 Dolphin helicopters and the Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark conducted five air and two surface searches throughout the search area. Also involved in the search efforts were local emergency responders from the Puerto Rico State Emergency Management Agency, Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action maritime units, and Isabela’s Municipal Police, among others.

Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark is a 87-foot patrol boat homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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