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Missing swimmer's body found in Lake Erie, Vermilion police say

The body was found shortly before 10:30 a.m. Friday.

VERMILION, Ohio — After going missing on Wednesday, Vermilion police have confirmed the body of a missing swimmer in the waters of Lake Erie was found Friday morning.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the situation started as a call came in around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday reporting that four people were in the water off the shores of Showse Park in Vermilion. 

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Police in Vermilion were able to rescue three of the people and get them safely to shore. 

Coast Guard members from Lorain along with a helicopter from Detroit spent Wednesday and part of Thursday searching for the fourth person missing in the water. He has been identified as Brandon Spurlock of Elyria.

"Our condolences go out to the family during this time," the Vermilion Police Department wrote on Facebook.

The missing swimmer has been recovered. We would like to extend our thanks to the many agencies involved in the effort...

Posted by City of Vermilion Police Department on Friday, June 17, 2022

The search for Spurlock was called off for the day around noon on Thursday due to the conditions of the water being too muddy. 

According to the Coast Guard, all four people were swimmers. There were no boats involved in the incident. Coast Guard officials and Vermilion police say their mission has likely turned into a recovery, rather than a rescue. 

Showse Park is currently closed to visitors.

This is a developing story. Stay with 3News for more details as they develop.

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