HAMPTON BEACH, N.H. — The search for a 12-year-old girl swept out to sea at New Hampshire’s Hampton Beach has ended with the grim discovery of her body in waist-deep water just south of where she disappeared.
The body of Nayelin Encarnacion of Lawrence, Mass., was located just after 1 p.m. Tuesday about 100 yards south of where she last was seen struggling against the current.
She and her 20-year-old brother, Walter Maldonado, were swimming about 75 yards offshore just before 8 p.m. Monday when both began struggling to get back to shore, Seacoastonline.com reported.
A bystander heard their cries for help and was able to guide Maldonado back to shore, but Nayelin disappeared from sight. The water temperature at the time was 55 degrees, officials say.
Police received their first reports of swimmers in distress at the popular beach at 7:50 p.m. An intensive search-and-rescue effort involving numerous boats and a helicopter from the Coast Guard’s Cape Cod station still was under way when her body was located. The New Hampshire medical examiner was called to the scene.
Lifeguards, who had been on duty at the beach until 5 p.m. Memorial Day, were called back to assist in the search. They were told to stop their search efforts at 9:30 p.m. Monday because of darkness and the chilly water temperature, according to Seacoastonline.com.
Nayelin and her brother were with friends on a one-day outing to the beach on Monday.