Bodies of 2 Missing Swimmers Recovered in St. Johns River in Northeast Florida

Authorities have recovered the bodies of two men who went missing while swimming in the St. Johns River in Green Cove Springs.

WJXT-TV reports Green Cove Springs police say in a statement that the bodies of 23-year-old Billy Joe Hammonds and 21-year-old Ahndray Edward Clay were recovered late Sunday night.

Police say one of the men had jumped off the pier at Spring Park earlier that evening to swim to a floating dock.

Green Cove Springs police spokeswoman Kimberly Robinson says once in the water, that man began to struggle. Robinson says his friend then jumped into the river to help him.

Both men went under and did not resurface.

Robinson says the water was rough Sunday evening, but can't say whether that was a factor in the incident.

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