JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WVEC) -- Police have identified the U.S. Navy service member who went under the water in College Creek Friday afternoon and did not resurface.
According to a news release, witnesses reported that Walter James Torres, Jr., 25, stationed aboard the USS San Francisco, was approximately 50 yards offshore attempting to swim to a sandbar with friends.
Torres reportedly began to struggle and a friend attempted to grab him, but Torres went under and did not resurface, the release said.
Around 6:30 p.m. officials recovered Torres' body.
Emergency workers were trying to locate him in the creek in the 1200 block of Colonial Parkway. According to police, at 4 p.m. the rescue operation turned into a recovery mission.
Crews on scene include James City County Police, Fire and EMS, the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Park Service, Virginia Marine Police and the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office.
The Colonial Parkway is closed in the area of College Creek.
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