Authorities: Body of missing teenage swimmer found on beach

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The body of a 15-year-old Ewing boy who went missing while swimming at the Jersey Shore has been found.

Spring Lake police say a passer-by found Josiah Jeremiah Robison's body around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Pitney Avenue Beach, not far from where he was last seen Sunday afternoon.

The teen and his younger sister were in the water off the Brighton Avenue Beach when they apparently got caught in a rip current. A bystander and lifeguards rescued the girl, but Robison disappeared.

An extensive search was launched. Between 75 and 80 lifeguards from neighboring towns joined in, along with Coast Guard and Manasquan rescue vessels, a state police helicopter and first responders on Jet Skis.

Robison was a basketball player who would have started his sophomore year of high school Wednesday.

Flowers, photographs and ribbons now adorn the gazebo on the Newark Avenue boardwalk in Spring Lake as a memorial to the teen. A memorial service is planned at the gazebo Thursday evening.

A bank account has also been set up at Wells Fargo branches near Spring Lake for anyone who wants to donate to help with funeral expenses. The account is set up in Robinson’s name, along with his grandmother Linda.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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