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Missing Corolla Beach swimmer found dead

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COROLLA BEACH, Dare County - UPDATE: The Outer Banks Voice reported Friday that the body of the missing swimmer was recovered by searchers shortly before 1 a.m. on Friday. The death follows another nearby on Wednesday where a 43-year-old out-of-state man was pulled from the water off of the beaches in Frisco, though authorities have yet to say whether that death was caused by rip currents or a medical emergency, OBV reports.

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The Coast Guard and other agencies are actively looking for a swimmer who went missing off Corolla Beach on Thursday.

In a press release from the Coast Guard, Watchstanders in the Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received a 911 call at about 1:55 p.m. that a 30-year-old male was seen by his wife and friend going underwater and not resurfacing at approximately 12:45 p.m. The missing swimmer is black, 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds. He was wearing a blue and orange bathing suit. Sector North Carolina watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, diverted an already-airborne MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City and launched a 47-foot Medium Life Boat crew from Station Oregon Inlet in Nags Head at approximately 2 p.m. They joined Corolla Ocean Rescue lifeguards and local police in searching for the swimmer. "Anyone with information about the missing swimmer should contact the Sector North Carolina command center at (910) 343-3800," said Coast Guard Lt. Tiffany Zehnle, command duty officer for the case.

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