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The body of a 23-year-old swimmer, Jose Daniel Venta Ciro, was recovered off the coast of Siesta Key in Florida after he disappeared underwater while struggling on Sunday evening. A passing boater notified searchers of his location near 9150 Blind Pass Road. First responders were initially called to Turtle Beach to help rescue two to three swimmers in distress. Despite efforts to rescue all swimmers, Venta Ciro remained missing as darkness fell, prompting the suspension of the search until daylight. The Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Force, marine units, the fire department, and the U.S. Coast Guard resumed the search early Monday morning using advanced side-scan sonar technology.

Officials identified the remains of the missing swimmer as Jose Daniel Venta Ciro using photographs provided for the search. The cause of death has not yet been released as the body will be taken to the medical examiner’s office for further examination. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported strong rip currents along the coast of Florida during the week, issuing warnings to the public. Swimmers are advised to remain calm if caught in a rip current, floating on their back until they can swim parallel to the shore. It is important for individuals not to fight against the flow of the rip current to prevent exhaustion and potential drowning.

Sarasota County Fire Department personnel worked alongside bystanders to rescue all but one of the distressed swimmers at Turtle Beach. Due to the approaching darkness and growing strength of the current, the search for the missing swimmer was temporarily halted until daylight. Marine units made use of side-scan sonar technology to focus on the underwater search where the family of Venta Ciro indicated he was last seen. The sheriff’s office coordinated efforts with various agencies to locate and recover the missing swimmer’s body.

In the wake of Jose Daniel Venta Ciro’s tragic death, beach safety tips have been emphasized to the public. It is crucial for swimmers to be cautious of rip currents, particularly during periods of increased ocean activity. Authorities advise individuals to adhere to safety guidelines and precautions when in the water to prevent accidents and drowning incidents. The recovery of Venta Ciro’s body serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers that come with swimming in the ocean and the importance of being prepared and informed about water safety practices.

The community has mourned the loss of the young swimmer, expressing condolences to Venta Ciro’s family and loved ones. The tragic incident has shed light on the risks associated with water activities and the need for heightened awareness and caution when swimming in open waters. As authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Venta Ciro’s death, they urge the public to stay informed about beach safety measures and to exercise vigilance when engaging in water-related activities. The recovery efforts to locate Venta Ciro’s body demonstrate the dedication and commitment of emergency responders and agencies in ensuring the safety and well-being of beachgoers and swimmers in the area.

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