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Fisherman Finds Body At Inlet Where Swimmer Went Missing 6 Days Earlier

Missing 24-year-old swimmer, Jabed Ikbal, who disappeared into strong tidal currents on Sunday, July 12, after trying to save family members struggling in rough waters. They made it back to the Jersey Shore, but he did not, authorities said.
Missing 24-year-old swimmer, Jabed Ikbal, who disappeared into strong tidal currents on Sunday, July 12, after trying to save family members struggling in rough waters. They made it back to the Jersey Shore, but he did not, authorities said. Photo Credit: NBC News10 Philadelphia (screengrab)

A fisherman found a body floating in the same Cape May County inlet where a 24-year-old swimmer went missing six days earlier.

Relatives of Jabed Ikbal, 24, of Clementon were notified after the fisherman found the body of a young man  at the inlet south of the Ocean City-Longport Bridge, around 6 a.m. Saturday, an Ocean City Police Department spokesman said.

Ikbal had dove into the inlet last weekend on Great Egg Harbor to save two family members struggling in the rough tides. While the pair made it back to shore, Ikbal did not.

The U.S. Coast Guard, police, firefighters and EMS crews searched for Ikbal by helicopter and watercraft for days.

The Longport Fire Department launched a boat and on Saturday recovered the body, which was taken to the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office for identification. 

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