Missing swimmer off Cape Cod coast identified as Bolton man

Missing swimmer off Cape Cod coast identified as Bolton man

Young man drowned in surf

The man, identified as Ross A. Williamson of Bolton, Conn., was located about one mile north of Ballston Beach at about 7:40 a.m., according to Truro police and the Cape & Islands district attorney’s office.

The Office of the State Medical Examiner is investigating, but his death appears accidental, the DA’s office said in a statement.

State Police, Truro police and fire officials and Coast Guard rescue crews began searching for the man at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The search was suspended when it got dark on Saturday and resumed Sunday morning.

Local and State Police are investigating the incident, along with the National Park Service, which helps patrol the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Truro beaches were closed to swimming Saturday until further notice, police said in a Facebook post.

TRURO — The body recovered at 7:40 a.m. Sunday off Ballston Beach in Truro has been identified as Ross A. Williamson, 27, of Bolton, Connecticut, according to a statement by the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office.

There is nothing to suggest the cause of death was anything other than accidental, according to the DA’s statement. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has accepted jurisdiction of the case.

Williamson had been reported missing Saturday afternoon and was last seen about 600 yards off Ballston Beach.

Video: Coast Guard Searches For Missing Swimmer Off Coast Of Truro

Members of the Truro Fire Department, Truro Police Department, National Park Service and Massachusetts State Police had resumed the search for Williamson on Sunday morning, after Saturday night’s efforts by Coast Guard rescuers, state police and local departments were suspended at dark.

A report of a swimmer in distress was called in about 1:33 p.m. Saturday by a bystander on Ballston Beach, according to Truro police dispatcher Martha Wheeler.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England were notified of a person in the water at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a Coast Guard statement.

A 47-foot motor lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Provincetown was dispatched at 3:30 p.m., according to a Coast Guard spokesman, and a rescue air crew from Air Station Cape Cod in Bourne also responded to the call.

A Massachusetts State Police helicopter and a dive team from the Sandwich Fire Department also responded Saturday, the Coast Guard spokesman said.

Bystanders on the beach said Saturday that the afternoons high tide was rough, with heavy surf reaching the base of the dunes.

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