St. Johns County and U.S. Coast Guard personnel were searching for a missing swimmer Sunday night near St. Augustine Inlet.
As of Monday morning, officials say the search is now a recovery effort for 20-year-old Skyler Taylor. FSCJ has released the following statement: "The faculty, staff and students of FSCJ remain hopeful as the recovery efforts continue in the search for Skyler Christian Taylor. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time."
Authorities launched the search about 5:50 p.m. after receiving a report of two swimmers in distress near the north inlet jetty on Porpoise Point. When they arrived, rescue personnel were told one male swimmer had made it back to shore. The second swimmer, an adult male in his early 20's, was last seen about 150 yards offshore near the North Shoal, according to St. Johns Fire Rescue officials.
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Searchers including the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit were using boats and helicopters in an effort to locate the swimmer.
Chuck Mulligan with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said both the time frame and conditions turned this into a recovery effort, even with eight vessels on the water and a helicopter in the air.
Heavy winds have made choppy waters even choppier. Murky waters further complicated things.
According to Mulligan, the Sheriff's Office likely won't find Taylor until Tuesday. That's based on their knowledge about natural reoccurrence of someone in the water.
"We would simply reach out to all the citizens who live along the Intracoastal Waterway along the beaches, if they see anything that obviously attracts their attention, we'd like for them to call us immediately so we can respond and check it out," said Mulligan.