A body found floating in water near the Longport Bridge in Ocean City Thursday has been positively identified as that of a Philadelphia teen missing since June 29.
The body of Corinthian “Cory” Hammond, 14, has been claimed by his family via a private funeral home, Ocean City Police said.
Hammond was pulled into deep water by a rip current off the beach on Ninth Street shortly before 7 p.m. June 29, after lifeguards finished their shift. An initial call at 6:44 p.m. reported the location of the incident as 14th Street, but it was corrected shortly after. Rescue personnel arrived on the scene between 6:48 and 6:50 p.m., police Capt. Steven Ang said. He said the initial confusion likely did not affect response time. Fourteen swimmers were pulled from the water by rescuers.
Starting this week, the heavily used beaches at Eighth, Ninth and 12th streets will be guarded every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Labor Day.
Following the tragedy, Ang and others have reiterated the importance of safe swimming habits.
“We have bad currents, bad winds, uneven ground underneath,” Ang said. “A lot of things can happen when you’re in the ocean; that’s why you should stay with a lifeguard. I can’t emphasize that more: never swim after hours and never swim at an unprotected beach.”
An account called “In Loving Memory of Corinthian Hammond” has been set up through Bank of America, a representative said Monday. Donations can be made to it through any Bank of America location but the bank does not control it.
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