• Man's body found along St. Augustine shoreline, could be missing swimmer, police say

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    ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. - Update Sept. 17 9:30 a.m.: Deputies patrolling the southern beaches of St. Johns County have located a man's body along the shoreline in the Matanzas Beach area.  

    While no identity has been confirmed at this time, it's possible it is the body of the missing swimmer, Jacob Turner, police say.

    Turner was reportedly caught in a rip current Sunday afternoon, and did not return to the shoreline after going beneath the surface of the water. The search over and along the ocean has continued since Sunday.     

    The District 23 Medical Examiner's Office will perform an autopsy to confirm both the identity and cause of death, which will be released when further information is available, police say. 


    Update Sept. 16 10:15 a.m.: The missing swimmer has been identified as Jacob Emanuel Turner, 22, from Tampa, Fla.

    Action News Jax spoke to Turners family at St. Augustine Beach. They asked for privacy as first responders continue to search for him in the water. The St. Johns Sheriffs Office said they will continue to land base operations throughout Monday evening.

    NEW: SJSO says Jacob Turner, 22, from Tampa is the missing swimmer who was last seen with friends in St. Augustine Beach.

    There is a red flag advisory over St. Augustine beach, which warns against hazard conditions in the water. Some beach-goers said it convinced them to stay out of the waves.

    As Hurricane Humberto passes through the Atlantic Ocean, the First Alert Weather team said high surf and rip current will continue at local beaches.

    "When it's rough like this, it's washy, it's very turbulent," beach-goer Jerry Everett said. "It's not safe to get in there."

    Everett said he has gotten caught in a rip current before and felt a sense of panic in the water.

    "You can't move," Everett said. "It's like somebody's got a rope, pulling you out. And you can see the shoreline but you can't move."


    St. Johns County Fire Rescue said it is looking for a missing swimmer at St. Augustine Beach. 

    Fire rescue said a helicopter and jet skis have been out searching the water for hours, but the man has not been found yet. 

    We're told Fire and Rescue are now doing land search operations through the night. 

    Not only did authorities search for a missing swimmer, 13 people were also pulled from the water today alone by St Johns County Fire and Rescue. 

    Beachgoer Christy Paligrin tells Action News Jax, "As soon as we got to the beach the ambulance and fire rescue we're loading a gentleman onto the truck who had drowned and giving support to his wife." 

    Fire and Rescue tell us that man was taken to Flagler hospital in serious condition.

    Dangerous water conditions are expected to continue through Monday due to Humberto. 
     

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