TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) – Authorities have identified a swimmer whose body was recovered off of Tybee Island Monday.
According to the Chatham County Coroner, the victim was Ashley Scicere, 18, of Covington, Georgia.
An autopsy report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reveals the cause of death as accidental drowning. Foul play is not suspected.
Tybee officials say Scicere was reported missing around 8 p.m. Sunday. Two others who were swimming with her were pulled to safety by a Tybee Island firefighter and a local resident who was kiteboarding nearby.
Tybee City Manager Shawn Gillen said the group was about 100 yards from the shore. A report to the National Weather Service says a “likely” rip current played a factor.
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Tybee and Savannah fire departments, Tybee and Chatham marine squads, Tybee Police Department and Georgia Department of Natural Resources searched overnight for the missing swimmer.
Her body was found just after 10 a.m. Monday in Tybee’s Back River area.