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12-year-old boy missing in Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach found deceased

The child's name is Zamari Wilson, and his family was staying at the Delta Marriott off Shore Drive, according to information provided by police.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Editor's note: Out of respect for Zamari's family, we've removed the photo originally provided by police to help in the search from our coverage of this story.

A 12-year-old boy was found dead Sunday afternoon after going missing while swimming in the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The child's name is Zamari Wilson, and his family was staying at the Delta Marriott off Shore Drive, according to information provided by police.

They said he was last seen in the water about 20 to 30 yards offshore around 10 a.m.

A police spokesperson said Virginia Beach Fire Department (VBFD), Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services (VBEMS) and the Coast Guard helped "conduct a comprehensive search of the land and water, in the area he was last seen." 

At about 1:28 p.m., the child was found in the water and taken to an ambulance. He was later pronounced deceased.

The Coast Guard said it launched two 29-foot response boats from Coast Guard Station Little Creek, as well as an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.

The information provided by police said Zamari didn't swim well.

This was the first of two drownings within roughly a mile of each other. Later Sunday afternoon, a 44-year-old man drowned near the Lesner Bridge.

Credit: Ali Weatherton / 13News Now
Credit: Ali Weatherton / 13News Now
Credit: Ali Weatherton / 13News Now

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