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Boy goes missing, dies while swimming in Virginia Beach

July 3, 2022 GMT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy who went missing while swimming off the coast of Virginia Beach was found dead Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Boats, divers and at least one helicopter assisted in the effort to find the boy, who was last seen by his family in the water around 10:30 a.m., local news outlets reported. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission and U.S. Coast Guard were also involved in the search.

According to Virginia Beach police, the child was found in the water shortly before 1:30 p.m. and pronounced dead, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

The department said he had been visiting the city with his family for the holiday weekend.