JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say they recovered a body while searching for a child who disappeared Sunday night while swimming in the Stono River.
Crews made the discovery at approximately 12:45 p.m. Monday, shortly after resuming a search that had been delayed by deteriorating weather conditions.
St. John's Fire Marshal Ryan Kunitzer said the body was discovered just north of the Limehouse Bridge and does match the description of an 11-year-old who disappeared Sunday night.
The Charleston County coroner will confirm the identity, he said.
At 12:40 p.m., crews resumed the search, approximately 70 minutes after deteriorating weather conditions forced them to suspend operations.
The Limehouse Boat Landing remained closed while the search continued.
Multiple agencies responded at approximately 8:15 p.m. Sunday to a report of a possible distressed swimmer in the Stono River near the Limehouse Bridge and Boat Landing, Kunitzer said.
He said the girl was reportedly swimming near popular Stono River sandbar when she was overcome by the river's current.
The identity of the girl has not yet been released.
Charleston County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol, Coast Guard and Rescue units call off their search a little after midnight Monday, saying they would wait for daylight hours to continue searching for the child.
According to St. John's Fire officials, the search was suspended at midnight due to impending weather and tidal shift. Multiple agencies and marine units will continue to searching Monday morning.
During a press conference Monday afternoon, Kunitzer stressed for safety on the water.
"We understand the rivers and waterways of Charleston are beautiful and unique," he said."But if you're not a great swimmer, it's important to have a life vest on especially for children."
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