UPDATE: Bodies of two missing swimmers recovered in Bowers Beach
2:50 p.m. UPDATE: Delaware State Police say they have recovered the bodies of the two missing swimmers in Bowers Beach.
According to police, the three males went swimming in the Delaware Bay during low tide conditions Tuesday afternoon. While they were in the water, the tide changed, and the strong current pulled all three into the Murderkill River. The Assistant Chief of South Bowers Beach Fire Department Michael Hignutt and his cousin, Timothy Smith, were fishing in the area and heard cries for help. Both got into the water to try to rescue the swimmers. Hignutt successfully rescued the 20-year-old male to shore, before discovered that the female had gotten into the water to try to save the other two people. Hignutt rescued the female after she was pulled out by the current.
As of 9 p.m., 21-year-old Kevin George Jr. of Philadelphia, and his brother, and his brother, 20-year-old Zion George of Tennessee, had not been located. Search efforts were suspended for the night.
At approximately 9 a.m. Wednesday, the operation turned into a search and recovery mission for the two men. We’re told that Kevin’s body was found in the Murderkill River in close proximity to where he was last seen at around 10:30 a.m. About 15 minutes later, Zion’s body was located in the same general area.
BOWERS BEACH, Del. – Police say the search remains underway for two swimmers that were carried away by strong water currents Tuesday afternoon.
We’re told that multiple police, fire, maritime, and EMS agencies responded to the Murderkill River/South Bowers area at around 3 p.m. It was learned that a 21-year-old Philadelphia man, 20-year-old Tennessee man, 20-year-old Philadelphia woman, and 20-year-old Philadelphia man were swimming in the water when they were pulled away from the shore by strong currents. An individual onshore witnessed the incident and was able to safely rescue two of the swimmers back to the shore.
As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, two of the swimmers had not been located. Search efforts were suspended and will begin again today, July 1st.
The identities of the victims are being withheld at this time due to notification of next of kin.
We will update this article with more information as it becomes available.