Young swimmer's body found in Longboat Pass - FOX 13 News

Young swimmer's body found in Longboat Pass

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ANNA MARIA ISLAND (FOX 13) -

After more than a day of searching off Coquina Beach, the body of a young boy has been found.

Lamontea Taylor, 6, was swept away while swimming with his siblings during a family get-together Saturday evening.

"We were having a cook out for the kids and stuff. I just wanted to get out of the house with them," said his mother, Laketa Taylor.

"We thought they were over there eating at the table with everybody else," said Shakedrian Outing, Lamontea's older sister. "When we looked and we were walking, we saw all of them up in the water and ... we saw my other brother, Nick, he was screaming, 'Help!'"

Authorities said the area is a no-swim zone because of its strong currents and no lifeguard was on duty at the time. Family members and other beachgoers saved three of the children who had gone into the water.

Officials with the Coast Guard, Bradenton Beach Police, Manatee County Sheriff's Office and Longboat Key Police Department were among those searching for the child after he disappeared. They suspended the search because of darkness late Sunday.

"They need more boats. They need more people looking. They need more rescuers," said Laketa Taylor, who admitted she and her family are frustrated. "I just want them to find him, that way I can get a little closure that he's not in that water."

Monday morning, FWC officers found the boy's body floating in Longboat Pass. Deputies were working to bring the body back to shore.

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