NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The search for a missing swimmer off Rockaway Beach ended with a tragic discovery early Wednesday morning.

The 18-year-old’s body was found just after 3 a.m. by the rocks.

Another young swimmer was hospitalized after being pulled from the water Tuesday night.

First responders initially received a call shortly before 8 p.m. about two swimmers in distress near Beach 60th Street.

Crews were able to rescue the 14-year-old boy, who is expected to recover.

“There was a lady that already called 911, so there’s a lady coming up the ramp, and maybe by the time she got here, that’s when we realized something was going on and looked and saw the two heads,” witness Clester Pryce said. “They were in trouble, they couldn’t come back, and they knew they couldn’t come back.”

Divers spent hours searching for the 18-year-old, but had to stop when it got too dark. Officers returned early this morning with flashlights.

Police said the teens were friends from Brooklyn.

Lifeguards are not on duty that late into the evening, and swimming is only allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.


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