Riptide Victim Recovered

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 2:28pm

Search crews find body of 12-year-old swept to sea off New Hampshire coast.

The body of a missing 12-year-old swimmer has been found on Tuesday afternoon according to the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard members scoured the waters off Hampton Beach on Tuesday, and late into the night on Monday, rescue helicopters and boats using high-powered searchlights scanned the dark waters off Hampton Beach, in a desperate attempt to locate the 12-year-old girl.

"We received a report that there were two individuals in the water, reportedly in distress," Hampton Fire Chief Chris Silver said.

Authorities said that just before 8:00 p.m. Monday night the call came in that the girl was having trouble in the water.

“She was in the water with her 20-year-old brother and some other individuals that were up here visiting the beach. She began to have difficulty in the water, her brother attempted to assist her…the subject began to have difficulties himself,” said Hampton Police Chief Jamie Sullivan.

A bystander was able to assist her 20-year-old brother into shore while the search for the 12-year-old went on for hours.

The water was cold and deceiving.

“The water is very cold…hypothermia could still set in when you’re in that cold water…even though it’s 90-degree air temperature,” said U.S. Coast Guard Dave Andreesen.

A rescue operation was immediately launched, with many of the lifeguards who had gone off duty, going back on duty, braving the frigid 55-degree waters in their attempt to find the young victim.

The head of the Hampton Beach Patrol says swimmers need to be extra careful.

“If you’re a non-swimmer, a poor swimmer, you have no business being in the water say beyond your knees or waist,” said Chief Jim Donahue.

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