Body of missing swimmer found at Ortley Beach

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The body of missing swimmer Zuzana Oravcova, 24, of Slovakia, was found at Ortley Beach shortly before midnight Sunday, according to Toms River Police. According to the Toms River Police Facebook page, on July 30 at 11:50 pm the Toms River Police Department was notified that a person was seen at the water’s edge in Ocean Beach Unit #2. “An off duty Ocean Beach lifeguard was walking on the beach when he observed something where the waves were breaking at the shoreline. He used his cell phone light to see what it was and he realized that it was a deceased person. He notified the police department and Officer Jesse Robertazzi responded, along with other officers and medical personnel, to the oceanfront and East Shell Way.” The post continues, “The woman is presumed to be 24-year-old Zuzana Oravcova, who was reported missing in Point Pleasant Beach. Oravcova entered the ocean in Point Pleasant Beach with a male companion in the early morning hours of July 30. She never exited the water and an extensive search was conducted with no results.” According to Toms River police, an autopsy will be conducted to positively identify the woman. Representatives form Point Pleasant Beach Police Department, Ocean County Prosecutors Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office CSI Unit, and the Ocean County Medical Examiners Officer responded to assist in the investigation. . The U.S. Coast Guard had announced the suspension of the search at sea about two hours earlier. It had responded early Sunday by sending an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Atlantic City, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch, home ported in Cape May. “We extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones during this extremely difficult time,” said Capt. Scott Anderson, Commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. “Suspending a search is always a difficult decision and it’s something we don’t take lightly.” The Point Pleasant Beach Police Department had issued a statement on Sunday, saying the department had received a report of a distressed swimmer off Point Pleasant Beach at 2:15 a.m. that morning. Ms. Oravcova was said to be swimming with a friend, Thomas Kadlec, 23, also of Slovakia. The two were reported to be “in distress, due to the high surf conditions.” Mr. Kadlec was able to swim to safety and notify a boardwalk employee that Ms. Oravcova had not make it back to shore. The employee then contacted the police, according to the statement. A search was undertaken by Point Beach police officers, the U.S. Coast Guard, the New Jersey State Police marine unit, dive teams from Brick, Brielle and Point Pleasant, and fire and first aid companies from Point Pleasant Beach, Point Pleasant, Bay Head and Mantoking, the statement said. “The search continued into the day light hours, using boats, a helicopter and ground crews,” the statement said.

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