Body of missing swimmer found off Outer Banks coast

Posted at 4:15 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 16:15:12-04

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The body of a swimmer reported missing off Corolla Beach in North Carolina on Thursday has been found.

Authorities received a call at approximately 1:55 p.m. that a 30-year-old male was seen by his wife and friend going underwater and not resurfacing at approximately 12:45 p.m.

Watchstanders in the Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington issued an urgent marine information broadcast, diverted an already-airborne MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, and launched a 47-foot Medium Life Boat crew from Station Oregon Inlet in Nags Heat at approximately 2 p.m.

The Coast Guard arrived on scene and joined Corolla Ocean Rescue lifeguards and local police in the search.

Authorities said his body was found near the search area at 12:55 a.m.

The swimmer was identified as Thaddeus Aaron Davis from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Davis’ death has been ruled an accidental drowning., deputies said.