Body of missing swimmer recovered in New Jersey

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BRADLEY BEACH, N.J. — The body of a swimmer who went missing last weekend at the Jersey Shore has been found, authorities said.

Julio Pierre’s body was pulled from the water by state troopers Thursday, officials said, near the Route 36 Bridge in Atlantic Highlands.

The 30-year-old Newark resident was last seen about 7 p.m. Aug. 13 swimming at Bradley Beach, officials said.

Witnesses they saw a large wave overtake Pierre and he never surfaced, apparently being swept out to sea.

Emergency crews responded to the scene in 1 minute, Chief Lt. Leonard Guida of the Bradley Beach Police Department said at the time. But despite their speedy arrival, they could not spot the swimmer.

By Monday, the operation shifted from rescue to recovery.

Pierre's death may have been caused by a rip current, officials said. About the same time that Pierre was pulled into the water, two neighboring communities had similar instances, saving other swimmers who was overtaken while out at sea, Guida said.

Rip currents are strong, narrow currents that flow outward, to sea, from the beach and are especially hazardous to swimmers. Anyone caught in a rip current is urged to stay calm and float with the current until it ends, then, if it's possible, wave and yell for help to catch the attention of lifeguards and other beachgoers.

The last drowning at Bradley Beach happened about 2 years ago, police said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.