Swimmer who went missing in Point Pleasant Beach found dead in Toms River
POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The body of a woman who went swimming at 2 a.m. in the rough surf early Sunday has been found.
Police told New Jersey 101.5 the body a woman matching the description of Zuzana Oravcová, 24, a resident of Slovakia, was found in the surf of by an off duty lifeguard walking along Ocean Beach 2 late on Sunday night.
Oravcová was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ocean County Medical Examiner's Office. Point Pleasant Police said no foul play is believed to be involved in her death.
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Oravcová went into the ocean off Point Pleasant Beach with Thomas Kadlec, 23, also from Slovakia. Kadlec made it out of the rough water and notified a worker on the boardwalk that Oravcová was still in the water. After an all-day mission that was started by Point Pleasant Beach Police, the Coast Guard officially suspended its search on Sunday night.
"We extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones during this extremely difficult time. Suspending a search is always a difficult decision and it’s something we don’t take lightly," Capt. Scott Anderson, Commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, said in a statement.
The State Police Marine Unit, the Fire Company and First Aid of Pt. Pleasant Beach, Bay Head and Mantoloking Fire Companies, dive teams from Pt. Pleasant Beach, Pt. Pleasant, Brick, Brielle and Manasquan, as well as police officers from Bay Head and Mantoloking, also joined in the search.
Waves were breaking at 4 to 6 feet all weekend, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a high risk for rip currents alert, warning all swimmers to stay out of the ocean.
"Such conditions only happen a few times a year along the Jersey Shore," Townsquare New Jersey Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow said.
Oravcová worked at the Sweet Shop on the boardwalk at Jenkinson's, according to J-1 Visa program run by the U.S. State Department in which foreign students are recruited for season work. They have also been in touch with her family in Slovakia, a European country bordered by Poland, Hungary, Austria, Czechia, and Ukraine. Jenkinson's has not yet returned a message.
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Friend Jessica Alongi, in a Facebook post, described Oravcová as "a go-getter, extremely hard-working, and absolute sweetest, happy-go-lucky girl I've ever had the pleasure to meet."
Point Pleasant Beach Police said they had reported Oravcová to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as a missing person.
Editors note: An official initially told NJ 101.5 Ocean Beach 2 was located in Lavallette. Subsequent releases from Toms River Police and Lavallette Police identify the beach as being in Toms River.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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