"He was trying to help everyone," Tasha Hammond said of her son, Corinthian, 14, when he was lost in the surf. (Provided by Hammond family)
Police believe a body pulled from the water in Ocean City today is that of a 14-year-old Philadelphia boy who was swept out to sea Sunday by a rip current.
Boaters discovered the body, believed to be Corinthian "Cory" Hammond, about 12:30 p.m. just south of the Ocean City Longport Bridge, police said.
The U.S. Coast Guard and New Jersey State Marine recovered the body shortly after.
Hammond, a recent graduate of Grover Washington Jr. Middle School, had accompanied a friend to the Shore to celebrate his moving out of Philadelphia to Ocean City.
He was part of a group of 15 swimmers near 9th Street who were caught by a swift undercurrent. Lifeguards and police successfully rescued 14 of them.
The boy was reported missing shortly before 7 p.m.
A cousin, Jaquil Hunter, 11, told an Inquirer reporter that he was with Hammond shortly before the older boy disappeared. Hunter said Hammond had tried to pull him in on his back.
"A big wave came in and knocked us all out of place," Hunter said. "He tried to pull me on his back, and he went under. A lady came and got me and another boy."
This is a developing story.
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