A body has been found in the search for a missing swimmer in Jamaica Bay, police said Monday, though it was not immediately clear if it was the 15-year-old they’ve been looking for.
Police were called to Beach 88th Street and Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway Beach for a distressed swimmer in the bay at about 5:20 p.m. Sunday, an NYPD spokesman said. The boy, who was not immediately identified, was having difficulty staying afloat, police said.
The search was launched days after the third drowning death along the Rockaways this summer, according to police.
Four days earlier, an 18-year-old man was found dead in the waters off the Rockaway Peninsula, after he went for a swim the night before. A 14-year-old boy also was in the water but was rescued by first responders, police said.
On July 9, Umarie Chamble, 25, and Keylon Ramsay, 28, were pronounced dead after being pulled from the water near Beach Ninth Street and Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway, police said.