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Body of 24-year-old woman who went swimming at Jersey shore is found

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TOMS RIVER, N.J. — Authorities have recovered the body of a Slovakian woman who disappeared while swimming at the Jersey shore.

Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Al Della Fave says two off-duty lifeguards found the body of 24-year-old Zuzana Oravcova in the surf line in Toms River late Sunday.

Oravcova disappeared early Sunday while swimming off Point Pleasant Beach with 23-year-old Thomas Kadlec, also of Slovakia. Authorities said both began struggling in the rough surf. Kadlec was able to return to shore, but Oravcova was swept away.

Oravcova had been working at a boardwalk candy store for the summer.

Kadlec told a worker on the boardwalk what had happened and police and the Coast Guard were notified. They soon launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from its Manasquan Inlet station and a MH-65 Dolphin aircrew from Air Station Atlantic City.

Local police and fire departments, along with the Coast Guard, searched for Oravcova.

The National Weather Service had issued a warning about dangerous rip currents along the Jersey shore over the weekend. Many towns had banned swimming at their beaches.

An autopsy is pending.


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