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Virginia Beach police report drowning victim found on Croatan Beach

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Posted at 9:58 AM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 17:03:08-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A drowning victim was found on Croatan Beach shores Thursday morning.

The call identifying police of the body came in around 8:07 a.m.

Police say the body was located in the 900 block of S Atlantic Ave.

Investigators are still piecing together exactly what happened and say they're in the process of identifying the man.

The exact circumstances remain unclear, but the surf is very rough with storms. Lifeguards say people should stay out of the water. "When you have those kinds of conditions, it's just not safe for anyone to be in the water," said Tom Gill from the Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service.

Lifeguards will be working this weekend and will continue to do patrols through mid-October. "We’ll be out there as much as we can either trying to keep people out of the water and giving them the best advice we can or guarding them when it's safe for us to do so," said Gill.

At 35th Street at the Oceanfront, crews are working quickly to get a boat out of the stand before the storm grows more intense. The boat has been stuck since it washed ashore on Tuesday following engine trouble.

Stay with News 3 for updates.