Body of second swimmer recovered in Newport News

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 4:52 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 13 at 10:11 PM

11:45 a.m. UPDATE: The body of the second swimmer/fisherman has been recovered from the area of Deep Creek.
It will be taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office, said MPO Donald D. Watt, Jr. with the Newport News Police Dept.
Names of both victims is still being withheld, pending positive identification and proper notification of family members.
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8/13 9:45 a.m. UPDATE: A U.S. Coast Guard boat from Station Portsmouth was launched at sunrise to continue the search, officials told WVEC.com.
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NEWPORT NEWS -- The search for a Newport News man who was last seen swimming in the Deep Creek Tuesday resumed Wednesday at 9 a.m.  The body of his friend was recovered yesterday afternoon.

Police said Tuesday afternoon that he and another 20-year-old man had been fishing near the Menchville Marina when they decided to go swimming.  Police believe they tried to swim a few yards across a narrow waterway to a sandbar.

Virginia Marine Police Chief Rick Lauderman said, “You can see there’s a funnel  (shaped waterway) there, and what that does is cause a strong current when the tide is coming in or out and they were caught in the outgoing tide. It dragged them straight out." 

Authorities said the rescue mission turned into a recovery after witnesses informed the emergency crews that they saw the two men go down but did not see them come back up for air.  Various agencies joined in the effort from Newport News, Hampton, James City County, the Navy as well as the Coast Guard.

Virginia Marine Police used side-scan sonar to locate the first victim.

Family members and friends gathered and tried to comfort one another. The father of one of the victims said what he's experienced seemed surreal and that he was just trying to keep it together for his family.

The victims' names have not been released. 

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