The body of an 11-year-old boy who went missing in the waters off of Portsmouth was recovered Saturday morning around 9:30am.

On Friday evening at about 5:45pm, the boy went swimming at Gull Cove in Portsmouth¬†while his father and siblings were on shore. The father couldn’t reach the boy when he began having difficulties and slipped under the water. Gull Cove is known to have a steep drop off to about 25 feet just yards from shore.

Portsmouth Fire led the search and recovery operation, while a Coast Guard helicopter searched from the air and a dive team searched the water.


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