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Body of teen who went missing off Smith Point Beach on Long Island is found

Posted at 5:45 AM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-31 11:48:20-04

LONG ISLAND — The body of a teenager was found the day after he went missing while swimming with a group of people at Smith Point Beach without lifeguards present, Suffolk County Parks officials said Monday.

Crews search for a swimmer missing off Smith Point Beach on Long Island last seen July 30, 2017. (Anthony Dilorenzo/ PIX11)

Jevoney White, 19, was spotted by a park ranger about 20 feet offshore around 6:40 a.m. on the east side of the Old Inlet Breach near Fire Island, officials said.

The ranger immediately ran into the water, and pulled the man's body out.

White, of Springfield Gardens, Queens, was reported missing 12 hours before, on Sunday evening.

He was swimming with a group of people, including his girlfriend, after lifeguards were taken off-duty at 5 p.m. when he slipped under the water due to rip tides, Suffolk officials said.

White's girlfriend was rescued from the water, and he was reported missing.

When officials were notified of White's disappearance, Suffolk park ranger Hailey Ruymaker ran two miles down the shore attempting to follow the teen, but lost sight of him.

Ruymaker was finishing her shift at the time, but decided to work overnight trying to locate White, working 23 hours in all, officials noted.

White's cause of death has yet to be determined, but officials said it might be the first fatal drowning this year in the area.

The Coast Guard assisted local agencies in the search, which included 10 miles of coastline.

Also on Sunday, a woman went missing while swimming at the Jersey Shore.

The search for Zuzana Oravcova, 24, has since been suspended, and police say a body was found in Toms River, but has not yet been identified as the missing woman.

People are always advised against swimming without lifeguards present, and over the weekend, there was an increased risk of rip currents.

Rip currents are expected to be moderate in the New York area Monday, with  a surf height of 2 to 3 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

Anyone caught in a rip current is advised not to fight against it, but rather let it take you out, then swim sideways. You can also float on your back to conserve energy.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6394.

Clarification: Officials initially said the man's body was found washed ashore. It has since been updated.