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UPDATE- Body of 2nd Missing Swimmer Located

For Immediate Release:  June 19, 2017 (UPDATE)


On June 22, 2017 at 9:13 am, a citizen walking on the beach located the body of Ramon Quinn at Morris Avenue in Atlantic City. Quinn’s family has been notified. 

The body of Kaliyah Hand was recovered on June 19, 2017 at 5:03 am at Jefferson Avenue in Margate. 



On June 15, 2017 at 6:27 pm, the Atlantic City Emergency Communications Center received 911 calls for the report of two swimmers drowning in the ocean off of the Kentucky Avenue beach.  The Atlantic City Police Department, Fire Department, and Beach Patrol all responded. 

First responders were on scene in less than two minutes and began to enter the ocean to search for a male and female.   Witnesses on scene told police that there was a group in the ocean.  As they were coming to land, Kaliyah Hand, 16 years old from Atlantic City, began to get pulled from the shore by the rip current.  Her friend, Ramon Quinn, 15 years old from Pleasantville, attempted to rescue Hand, and they were both pulled further out and toward the jetty.  Hand and Quinn began to struggle in the water and were pulled under.       

The United States Coast Guard, New Jersey State Police, and the Brigantine Dive Team all responded to assist in the search for Hand and Quinn.  The shoreline was searched by helicopter, from the beach, and from the ocean.

The Atlantic City Beach Patrol was off-duty at the time of this incident.  Upon hearing of the need for assistance, they immediately responded from a nearby beach tent.  The search was suspended last night at 10:00 pm due to darkness and the rough conditions of the ocean.  Throughout the night, the United States Coast Guard remained on scene in the ocean and the police and fire departments remained on the beach and did sweeps of the shoreline. 

The Atlantic City Police Chaplains responded to the beach and have been assisting the families.

Alert sent on 06/22/2017 at 12:14 EDT


Sergeant Kevin Fair


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