Authorities have recovered the body of the second teenager who was swept away by a strong current while swimming off Atlantic City.
Police say a person walking on the beach near Morris Avenue Thursday discovered the body of 15-year-old Ramon Quinn of Pleasantville.
Authorities say Quinn attempted to rescue 16-year-old Kaliyah Hand of Atlantic City from a rip current as the teens swam on June 15.
Hand’s body was recovered on Monday in Margate, a few miles south of Atlantic City.
Her father, Dirk Spence, came to the beach last Thursday night as rescuers were searching the waters.
“My heart goes to the family (of the boy),” Dirk Spence told The Press of Atlantic City. “That little guy was a hero. He will always be a hero in my book. It’s a tragedy. Let’s all come together, no matter good or bad, we can make it through.”
In Monmouth County’s Belmar, two young girls were pulled from the water around the same time the Atlantic City swimmers disappeared.
Both swimmers, cousins and local elementary school students, were taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. A 13-year-old girl died that night, and a 12-year-old girl died earlier this week.
Two weeks ago, two swimmers were hospitalized after they were pulled from the ocean off Avon-by-the-Sea.
All incidents happened after lifeguards were off-duty.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.