Crews Return To Search For Missing Swimmers, Troopers Release Some Details

Photo: Marcia Banks

Rescue crews have returned to South Bowers to continue their search for two missing swimmers early Wednesday.

Sometime after 2:00 Tuesday afternoon, four swimmers in their 20’s entered the water in the area where the MurderKill River meets the Delaware Bay.

Troopers say a 21-year-old male from Philadelphia, a 20-year-old male from Tennessee, a 20-year-old female from Philadelphia, and a 20-year-old male from Philadelphia traveled to the South Bowers Beach area. All four subjects entered the water to go swimming when they were pulled away from shore by the strong currents.

Once in the water, the group found themselves being pulled away from the shore by strong water currents. When this occurred, an individual onshore who observed the incident entered the water on two separate occasions and safely rescued two of the swimmers. The other two went missing.

Rescue crews from New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties along with Coast Guard crews, Delaware State Police Aviation’s Trooper 2, DNREC marine units, and a Maryland dive team responded to a South Bowers for the water rescue.

Crews searched into the evening finally suspending the search at around 9:00.

At around 9:00, Wednesday morning crews resumed the search for the two missing swimmers.

Track the search here

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