UPDATE 6/2: The victim has been identified as 46-year-old Benjamin Mccallister from West Virginia.
Officials say people with Mccallister had not been seen him for at least 15 minutes. They made a report to the lifeguard at 57th Street who responded to the area. Shortly afterward, the lifeguard spotted Mccallister floating face down about 50 yards from shore.
There are no lifeguard stands at 61st Street. There are two stands near 57th Street. A single lifeguard patrols the area between 41st Street and Fort Story using an ATV from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Previous story from June 1, 2014:
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Emergency crews responded to a possible drowning Sunday afternoon near 61st Street at the Oceanfront.
EMS Division Chief Ed Brazle told 13News Now that witnesses reported seeing a man floating face down in the water around 1:45 p.m.
Lifeguards from the 57th Street stand and a bystander worked to pull the man from the water.
Medics initiated care on the man before an ambulance transported him to Sentara Virginia Beach General hospital.
He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
His name has not been released, but initial reports indicate that he resided outside of Virginia.
He was visiting the beach with friends who apparently saw him about 15 to 30 minutes before he was discovered floating in the water.
Chief Brazle advised that there are no lifeguard stands at 61st Street, but lifeguard supervisors routinely patrol the area throughout the day.