MAYS LANDING — Hamilton Township police on Tuesday identified the person who drowned Monday evening in a quarry as Lenyn Mercedes-Payamps, 23, of Pleasantville.
Officers responded at 6:18 p.m. to the quarry off Thelma Avenue for a report of a missing swimmer.
Mercedes-Payamps had tried to swim to a sandbar in the quarry, but was unable, police said investigation revealed. A witness attempted a rescue, but was unsuccessful, police said.
The department coordinated the response of rescue personnel to search for the swimmer, police said in a news release.
Divers from the Township of Hamilton Dive Team and the Brigantine Dive Team searched the quarry and recovered Mercedes-Payamps' body after about three hours of searching, police said.
Assisting were a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, township Emergency Management, the township Rescue Squad, AtlantiCare paramedics and the Mays Landing, Laureldale, Richland and Collings Lakes fire departments.