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Body of missing swimmer washes ashore in Delaware

 September 5, 2023

An extensive search for a 31-year-old swimmer who disappeared in the waters off Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, ended when his body was found on a nearby beach, as Fox News reports.

Richard A. Boateng, a resident of Savage, Maryland, was reported missing after he was last observed in the ocean near the Rehoboth Avenue beachfront at about 5:45 p.m. on Sunday.

The location is within the town of Rehoboth Beach, where President Joe Biden owns a vacation home.

Recovery and Search Details

Boateng's remains were discovered on Monday morning at North Shores Beach, a quaint neighborhood located to the north of Rehoboth, said Chief Chuck Snyder of the Rehoboth Beach Fire Company in an interview with Delaware Online.

Sussex County medical personnel arrived and confirmed the identity of the body as Boateng's.

He was declared dead on the scene.

The Rehoboth Beach Police, along with the Division of Forensic Science, are undertaking an investigation into the death, as NBC Washington reported.

There are no indications of any wrongdoing at this time.

The initial disappearance led to an outpouring of emergency calls on Sunday.

Consequently, a coordinated search operation was initiated involving multiple agencies.

This search team was comprised of members of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol, the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Delaware State Police, and the state's Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Eyewitness Account

A bystander shared his account of what occurred with WGMD radio.

The witness said he saw someone lifting a hand from the ocean, and that is when he realized that the swimmer needed help.

"Then I started shouting 'Help! We need a lifeguard," the witness added.

"We were shouting, shouting, shouting and finally when I turned to this side. I can't see him. He just lifted his hand and he drowned," the individual recounted."

Authorities had previously issued warnings about the potential dangers of rip currents throughout the holiday weekend.

Approximately 30 miles away in Ocean City, Maryland, numerous individuals were saved by beach patrol teams and fire department rescue divers, according to the Ocean City Fire Department.

WRDE reported that around 150 rescues took place on Sunday alone.