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Lost in thought ahead of search for lost swimmer

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Asbury Park firefighter Brett Nielson pauses as he prepares to enter the surf to search for the body of a 23-year-old man who disappeared while swimming after lifeguards had gone off duty yesterday. The body was recovered after a short search by divers.

Andrew Mills / The Star-Ledger

Asbury Park firefighters, NJ State Police Troopers and US Coast Guard personnel work to recover a body about 200 yards offshore at the 2nd Avenue beach in Asbury Park where a 23-year-old man disappeared while swimming after lifeguards had gone off duty yesterday.

Jim Gold, msnbc.com -- One swimmer who vanished off the New Jersey shore was found drowned Thursday morning while the search continued for a second caught by rip currents.

Both incidents occurred at beaches where no lifeguards were on duty.

Garrett Giberson, public information officer for the Asbury Park fire department, told NJ.com, website of the Star-Ledger newspaper. “Basically the bottom line is this: When lifeguards are off duty, stay out of the water. Rip tides are dangerous and obviously deadly. It's not worth your life."

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Friends sob on the shore as hopes fade in finding an 18-year-old swept out to sea by unusually strong current. WNBC's Gus Rosendale reports.