Police find body of missing swimmer

VIRGINIA BEACH — Police said the body of a swimmer reported missing in Rudee Inlet was recovered Wednesday morning.

Information on the identity and gender of the swimmer was not made immediately available. Authorities said they have yet to notify the family.

Police said dispatchers received a call about a “possible drowning” around 12:23 a.m. in the 300 block of Winston Salem Avenue.

“It was reported that three adults were swimming in the inlet and that only two had exited the water.,” police wrote in a news release.

Members of the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Marine Patrol Dive Team, Virginia Beach Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services and the Coast Guard immediately searched for the person, and confirmed pulling a body out of the water around 5 a.m.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.