Drowning-False Cape

Sunday, July 14, 2019

On Tuesday, June 9th at 12:40 pm, Virginia Beach Emergency Communications received a report of a possible drowning incident in the 4000 block of Sandpiper Road.

Emergency personnel​ responded to the False Cape area where it was learned that a group with a summer camp was on an outing when a few of the students entered the water.  Two adults with the group and a nearby fisherman saw the students in the water begin to struggle, so they went in to assist. As the students made it safely back to shore, it was realized that one of the adults had not resurfaced. A multi-agency search, to include members from the Virginia Beach Police, Fire and Rescue along with the U.S. Coast Guard, was initiated to locate the individual. Exhaustive, but unsuccessful efforts were spent, and the search was ultimately called off at approximately 7:00 pm due to the rough water conditions.

Search and Rescue crews continued with their recovery efforts throughout the week and on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at approximately 2:15 pm, a body, presumed to be that of the missing swimmer, was recovered in the ocean near False Cape.  Positive identification will be made by the Medical Examiners’ Office.

No additional information is available at this time.