Authorities reportedly find body of missing swimmer, 6, off Florida coast

Published April 22, 2013

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Authorities reportedly have recovered the body of a young boy who disappeared Saturday in the waters off Florida's western coast.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials found Lamontea Taylor's body and authorities notified his family on Monday, the Herald-Tribune reports.

Taylor, 6, was swept away Saturday while swimming with his siblings during a family get-together, according to MyFoxTampaBay.com.

"We were having a cook out for the kids and stuff. I just wanted to get out of the house with them," said his mother, Laketa Taylor.

"We thought they were over there eating at the table with everybody else," said Shakedrian Outing, Lamontea's older sister. "When we looked and we were walking, we saw all of them up in the water and ... we saw my other brother, Nick, he was screaming, 'Help!'"

Authorities said the area is a no-swim zone because of its strong currents, and no lifeguard was on duty at the time. Family members and other beachgoers saved three of the children who had gone into the water.

Officials with the Coast Guard, Bradenton Beach Police, Manatee County Sheriff's Office and Longboat Key Police Department were among those searching for the child after he disappeared. The search was suspended on Monday.

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