- Associated Press - Friday, September 15, 2017

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man who disappeared while swimming in the ocean has been identified.

News outlets report 32-year-old Johnnie Thomas was identified Thursday as the man who went missing Wednesday afternoon.

Witnesses told police that Thomas began having difficulties around 100 yards (91.41 meters) off shore. A news release from the Vero Beach Police Department says he did not resurface after being spotted going under the water.


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Police spokeswoman Officer Anna Carden says Thomas had been swimming with his girlfriend.

Authorities say search efforts will continue.



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