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Body of missing swimmer last seen in Pamunkey River found

Witnesses told Virginia Marine Police that Cory Redford was swept away by a current while swimming next to his boat Saturday morning.
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NEW KENT, Va. — Rescue teams found the body of a man who was swept away by a current while swimming in the Pamunkey River on Saturday.

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission said they had been looking for  37-year-old Cory Redford.

Officials said Monday that a body was found on the Pamunkey River, near the mouth of the York River. By Tuesday afternoon, the medical examiner's office confirmed that the body was Redford's.

Witnesses who were on a boat told Virginia Marine Police that Redford was swimming in the water next to his boat when the incident happened. 

They said they threw him a life ring to pull him in closer, but that's when he disappeared.

Multiple crews responded to the call including the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Wildlife Resources, Virginia State Police, New Kent Sheriff’s Office, New Kent Police Department, James City County Fire Department, West Point Fire Department, and West Point Police Department.

Matthew Rogers, the Chief of Law Enforcement Division for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and a spokesperson for rescue teams, said they felt for Redford's loved ones.

"The Virginia Marine Police and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission offers its deepest condolences to the family of Cory Redford during this time," Rogers wrote.