PAMLICO SOUND, N.C. - Multiple crews in the Pamlico Sound area were searching for a missing 18-year-old swimmer.
According to officials, around 2 p.m., a 18-year-old male swimmer was reported missing in the Pamlico Sound area near the Haulover Sound Access on Wednesday.
The swimmer was last seen approximately 100 yards from the shore, near the edge of a historically deep water area.
Thursday morning the man's body was found by a rescue team.
The ten was from Ripley, West Virginia. Around 11 a.m., Thursday sonar scans identified a body on the floor of the Pamlico Sound in roughly 10 feet of water, close to where the swimmer went missing. The body was recovered and brought to the shoreline where it was identified as the missing 18-year-old.
The U.S. Coast Guard, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, NC Marine Patrol, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Dare County Emergency Medical Services, and Cape Hatteras National Seashore Rangers have helped search for the swimmer.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends during this very difficult time,” stated David Hallac, Superintendent of the National Parks of Eastern North Carolina. “The Seashore is appreciative of the teamwork and exceptional efforts made by the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, Dare County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard, Hertford County Office of Emergency Management, Dare County Emergency Medical Services, NC Marine Patrol, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and Cape Hatteras National Seashore Rangers.”