The body of a male recovered from the water near the Ocean City-Longport Bridge on Thursday afternoon is believed to be that of a swimmer missing since Sunday, Ocean City police said.
Corinthian Hammond, 14, of Philadelphia was swimming in Ocean City when he was pulled into deep water by a rip current. Fourteen swimmers were rescued, but Hammond was not.
A boater discovered the body floating in the water just south of the Ocean City-Longport Bridge about 12:30 p.m., police said. The U.S. Coast Guard and State Police Marine Services Bureau recovered the body.
The body was taken to Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. An investigation is being conducted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, the Cape May County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Ocean City Police Department.
Hammond would be the sixth victim since September 2000 to die in the waters between Seventh and 11th streets in Ocean City, and the 10th to die in a swimming accident overall in that period.
New Jersey is not expected to be hit directly by Hurricane Arthur this weekend, but authorities have warned that swimmers will face a greater risk of rip currents this weekend because of it. If caught in a rip current, authorities say, swimmers should call for help and not struggle against the current. As soon as they’re able, they should swim parallel to the shoreline until out of the rip current.
Hammond’s family held a vigil in his memory Tuesday near the site of his disappearance near the jetty at Ninth Street. They tied balloons to a sign and stuck flowers in the sand. Family there said Hammond helped others to safety before he was lost in the water.
Staff Writer Steve Hughes contributed to this report.
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