UPDATE – 7/1/20 3:30pm –
Tuesday afternoon several visitors to South Bowers Beach went swimming in the Delaware Bay, but when the tide turned the strong currents carried them into the Murderkill River. Assistant Chief of the South Bowers Fire Department, Michael Hignutt and his cousin rescued a 20 year old man from Philadelphia – and discovered the 20 year old female from Philadelphia had gone into the water to help rescue the other two men, but was also pulled out by the current. Hignutt was successful in rescuing her. The other two – 21 year old Kevin George of Philadelphia and his 20 year old brother Zion, from Tennessee could not be found. Multiple police, fire, maritime and EMS agencies searched until dark with no luck in finding the brothers. The search continued Wednesday morning – both brothers bodies were located in the general area where they were last seen just after 10:30am.
The Delaware State Police would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance and support in this multi-agency operation:
South Bowers Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Bowers Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Frederica Volunteer Fire Department, Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department, Little Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Leipsic Volunteer Fire Department, Milford Volunteer Fire Department, Volunteer Fire Departments from New Castle County, Volunteer Scuba Diving Teams from Sussex County Volunteer Fire Departments, United States Coast Guard, and the Kent County Paramedics.
Update: Two swimmers are rescued and two more are being sought after being pulled away by the strong water currents in the Murderkill River at South Bowers Beach.
Delaware State Police say someone onshore observed what was happening and entered the water on two occasions to safely rescue two of the swimmers.
Multiple police, fire, maritime and emergency services agencies spent hours search for the other two swimmers.
The original group included a 21-year-old Philadelphia man, a 20-year-old Philadelphia man, a 20-year-old Philadelphia woman and a 20-year-old Tennessee man.
Two of the swimmers had still not been found when search efforts were suspended at 900 p.m.
The search is expected to continue today.
Multiple police, fire, maritime, and EMS agencies are currently on scene of missing swimmers in South Bowers. The call came in just before 3pm on Tuesday. Officials learned that multiple individuals entered the Murderkill River in the area of the 4000 block of South Bowers Beach Rd. Emergency personnel from all three counties have been aiding in the search.
This is an active operation and the investigation is in the early stages. Further details will be released as they become available.