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Officials identify man lost in current in Milford

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Authorities have identified the man who went missing off Silver Sands State Park in Milford. (WFSB) Authorities have identified the man who went missing off Silver Sands State Park in Milford. (WFSB)
Divers were searching for a missing man in Milford on Friday afternoon. (WFSB) (WFSB) Divers were searching for a missing man in Milford on Friday afternoon. (WFSB) (WFSB)
MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Responders have identified the man who went missing off Silver Sands State Park in Milford. 

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection identified the missing swimmer as George Swaby, 28, of Bridgeport.

Officials resumed their search Saturday for a missing swimmer after suspending an hours-long recovery effort Friday afternoon, and are continuing to search for Swaby's body. 

A distress call came in about 1 pm. for two missing swimmers in distress off of Charles Island. Two men from Milford walking on the sandbar that is a mile to Charles Island when police said a current swept them into the water. 

Police said they located one swimmer, but were still searching for another in the area of Silver Sands Beach. 

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection identified the missing swimmer as George Swaby, 28, of Bridgeport.

Officials said shortly before 5 pm. that it had become a recovery effort.

"That low part of the sand bar, which can be ankle deep, below the knee, the current is strong enough to sweep you off that sand bar and into deeper waters," Batallion Chief Anthony Fabrizi of the Milford Fire Department said.

As of 3 pm, the search was continuing with Eagle 3 helicopter and Stratford Police Department jet skis, who was assisted by divers from Milford police and fire departments. There is one Coast Guard boat and in total, there are five boats in the water. 

Police resumed their search Saturday morning after they suspended it late Friday afternoon.

Police said it is not illegal to walk on the sandbar, but recommended that people avoid it. 

"People see 80, 90 percent of the sand bar exposed and think it's a safe invite when in fact it's not," Fabrizi said.

There is no lifeguard on duty on Friday, police said. There are only lifeguards on weekends. 

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