Crime & Public Safety

Body of missing 33-year-old man recovered off Tybee Island, reports say

File Photo by Mandy Matney
File Photo by Mandy Matney

U.S. Coast Guard officials ended their search for a missing man Tuesday after finding a body off the coast of Tybee Island.

Rescue teams performed life-saving procedures on the 33-year-old man who was found around 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, but the man did not survive, WTOC reported.

The missing man was last seen by his wife swimming off the coast of Tybee Island on Monday evening.

Tybee Island Fire and Rescue officials notified the Coast Guard at 6:38 p.m. Monday, according to a news release. The 33-year-old man was last seen wearing a wetsuit and on a body surfing board, the release said.

He went missing somewhere off the north end of Tybee Island, WTOC reported.

Multiple local agencies and the Coast Guard had been searching for the swimmer using both boats and a helicopter throughout the night.

In August, a 24-year-old man and a 31-year-old man drowned after going missing off the Tybee Island South Beach Sandbar, WSAV reported.

This story will be updated.

Mandy Matney is an award-winning journalist and self-proclaimed shark enthusiast from Kansas. She worked for newspapers in Missouri and Illinois before she realized Midwestern winters are horrible, then moved to Hilton Head in 2016. She is the breaking news editor at the Island Packet.


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