Pinellas deputies find drowned swimmer near Johns Pass

MADIERA BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – Deputies say a two-day search for a Virginia swimmer who went missing Wednesday at Johns Pass has ended after he was found dead Friday morning.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said 21-year-old Ritvik Dammoju drowned and was found about half a mile west of the Johns Pass Bridge around 8 a.m.

Delegates were called around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday to four people struggling to swim in Johns Pass. Swimmers were about 100 yards west of the float.

Three of the swimmers were rescued by civilians. The fourth swimmer, Dammoju, drifted further away from the civilians, who were unable to rescue him.

A two-day search of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office followed. Marine units, flight units, diving teams, the FWC and their Coast Guard are all part of the search.

The delegate said the incident was not suspicious. The investigation is ongoing. Pinellas deputies find drowned swimmer near Johns Pass

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