Missing Swimmer’s Body Washes Ashore

(PatriotWise.com) — The body of the Maryland man who went missing Sunday night while swimming off the coast of Rehoboth Beach in Delaware was recovered Monday morning after his body washed up on a North Shores beach, WRDE reported.

Richard Boateng, 31, of Savage, Maryland, was recovered early Monday morning after members of the Rehoboth Beach police and volunteer fire department, along with the Delaware State Parks Enforcement Division, responded to a report of a body in the surf.

Rehoboth Beach resident Yvonne Vinton told WRDE that she saw emergency vehicles on the beach around 6:15 a.m. Monday when she put the dogs out.

Paramedics identified Boateng and pronounced him dead at the scene.

According to Rehoboth police, a death investigation is being conducted, but foul play is not suspected, WTOP reported.

Boateng was last seen at about 5:45 p.m. last Sunday while swimming near Rehoboth Avenue, according to police. According to the National Weather Service, there was an increased risk of rip current conditions at the time of Boateng’s disappearance.

The Rehoboth Beach Police Department said there were several 911 calls related to Boateng’s disappearance, prompting several agencies to join the search and rescue efforts, including Beach Patrol, members of the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and the US Coast Guard.

The search site included the beaches north and south of where he was last seen.

Meanwhile, helicopters from the Delaware State Police were overhead searching the area while lifeguards using a rope formed a chain and searched the ocean. During the search for Boateng, another person was pulled from the surf and received medical attention.

North Shores Beach Patrol Captain Kent Buckson, whose team helped recover Boateng’s body after it washed ashore, said the recovery was “very traumatic” both for the lifeguards and those who witnessed it.

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