Body of missing swimmer identified as Schofield Barracks soldier
The body found on the beach in Kailua Bay has been identified as a U.S. Army soldier.
KAILUA, Hawaii - The body found on the beach in Kailua Bay has been identified as a U.S. Army soldier.
Military officials confirmed the soldier was a member of the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks.
The Honolulu Fire Department says the body that was found on shore matches the description of the swimmer who went missing off Kalama Beach Friday afternoon. The man was swimming with two women, when witnesses say they got carried away by a rip current.
The women were rescued by bystanders but the man disappeared in the ocean. Rescuers spent the weekend doing aerial and underwater searches, but a shark sighting in the area delayed the process.
Someone spotted the body on the north end of Kailua Bay around 5:30 a.m. Sunday. When crews arrived on scene, they found the body on the shoreline in front of a residential area near the Marine Corps base.
Ocean safety experts recommend beach goers know their limits and to stick to beaches with lifeguards if you aren't a strong swimmer.
The Honolulu Medical Examiner has not yet released the identify of the man.
This is a developing story and will be updated.