12-Year-Old Found Dead After Swimming On Family Trip

The U.S. Coast Guard discovered a missing 12-year-old in the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach.

Authorities identified the child as Zamari Wilson of Washington, D.C. Reportedly, he was staying at the Delta Marriott off Shore Drive with his family according to the details provided by police.

12-Year-Old Found Dead After Swimming On Family Trip

12-Year-Old Found Dead After Swimming On Family Trip

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Wilson was an 8th grader at the D.C. public middle school Eliot-Hine, and the community is shaken by his unexpected and tragic death.

“As a cherished member of the Eliot-Hine family, we know that he will be greatly missed by all who knew him,” wrote Principal Marlene Magrino in a letter to school parents. 

“On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, I extend my deepest condolences to his family and friends,” she continued. “Zamari was a young man with a bright future. Our teachers have all shared what a joy he was to have in class. He was a musician and a talented artist. He was kind to those around him and a good friend. This is a devastating loss.”

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The principal stated that mental health teams will be made available to all students, families, and school personnel during such a difficult time. 

Police said Wilson was last seen around 10 a.m. swimming in the water about 20 to 30 yards offshore on the day of his death.

A police spokesperson said Virginia Beach Fire Department, Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services and the Coast Guard helped “conduct a comprehensive search of the land and water, in the area he was last seen.”  

Wilson was found in the water just before 1:30 p.m., where he was taken to an ambulance. However, he was pronounced dead a short time later, sadly.

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The Coast Guard stated how it launched two 29-foot boats from Coast Guard Station Little Creek, along with an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.

This was the first of two drownings within roughly a mile of each other.

On the same day, for the second time, first responders recovered the body of a man who drowned in the Chesapeake Bay off of a Shore Drive beach.

The victim was a 44-year-old man, Ryan Michael Neal, of Virginia Beach, according to the Virginia Beach Police Department.

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