Body of missing swimmer found on Flagler Beach


FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. - The body of a missing swimmer washed ashore on Flagler Beach Saturday morning.

The 21-year-old disappeared while he was swimming with his brother Friday morning. They were both overcome by a big wave, according to officials.

A passerby, who was walking their dog on the beach, spotted the man's body and called 911, officials said.

The incident happened before 10:00 a.m. Friday and a red flag for dangerous surf conditions was posted on the beach. Witnesses said one brother tried to get help, but lifeguards were still setting up for the day.

Lifeguards were just about to man their towers and put eyes on the water when the man and his brother went for a swim.

Flagler Beach Fire Chief Martin Johnson said a big wave knocked them down.

"One brother hollered to the other one, says, 'Help me!' and he hollered for help, the lifeguard came in; but he couldn't get but one of them," said Johnson. "Next thing you know the helicopter was here, the jets skis are here. They're doing the best they can, but this is treacherous, this water."

Officials said there hasn't been a drowning in Flagler Beach this year. But residents said the short beach in Flagler leads to a steep drop off that can be dangerous.

Officials tried to keep swimmers out of the water for part of the day Friday while crews and a helicopter searched.

Flagler Beach officials identified the 21-year-old as Dominic Mone.