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Missing Swimmer Found After Body Washes Ashore (Photos)

| by Alex Scarr
The New Jersey shoreThe New Jersey shore

The body of a 24-year-old woman was found on a beach at the New Jersey shore after she went missing early July 30.

Zuzana Oravcova, 24, was found on the shore by an off-duty lifeguard near a beach access point, where she was pronounced dead at the scene, reports NJ.com.

Oravcova and her friend, 23-year-old Thomas Kadlec, went swimming in the surf in the early morning hours of July 30. The water was rough and choppy, quickly carrying them both out to sea. Kadlec was able to struggle back to shore but Oravcova could not.

A search for Oravcova began shortly after Kadlec notified the police at 2:25 a.m., according to NJ.com. The Point Pleasant Beach police notified the U.S. Coast Guard of a missing swimmer, which then launched a search in the nearby surf with the assistance of local emergency crews and dive teams.

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After searching for the woman all day, the Coast Guard called off the search on the evening of July 30.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones during this extremely difficult time," said Capt. Scott Anderson, Commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in a statement. "Suspending a search is always a difficult decision and it's something we don't take lightly."

Oravcova's body was found by a lifeguard early July 31, who then notified police. She was unofficially identified and pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy will be performed to officially identify Oravcova and to determine the cause of death, according to WPVI-TV.

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"At this point in the investigation, all signs indicate this being a tragic accident and no foul play is suspected," read a statement from the Point Pleasant Police Department, reports NJ.com. The incident remains under active investigation.

The National Weather Service issued an advisory notice about strong rip currents for New Jersey beaches, and several beaches were closed to the public due to rough water and dangerously high waves. The alert said that anyone entering the water should be aware of "dangerous and potentially life-threatening" conditions.

New Jersey beaches were "red flagged" the day Oravcova and Kadlec went into the water. Red flag warnings posted at beaches indicate swimming in the ocean is prohibited.

"My condolences to the family and thoughts to the deceased," wrote one commenter. "You have to be very careful swimming at an unattended beach, especially at that time of night."

"It's very sad, but every year there are casualties at the shore," wrote another. "Only they know what was going on at 2:30 in the morning to go in the ocean. That wasn't a good idea to begin with."

Sources: NJ.com (2, 3), WPVI / Photo credit: Doug Kerr/Flickr, WPVI, Facebook via Daily Mail

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