Body found floating off New Smyrna Beach

Officials don't know if body is missing 8-year-old boy

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – A body was found Thursday morning in the waters off New Smyrna Beach, officials said.

The Coast Guard said it recovered a body around 8:30 a.m., about 2 miles offshore and south of the inlet.

It's not known if the body is that of a missing 8-year-old boy who was pulled out to sea Saturday while playing in the surf off New Smyrna Beach.

The boy's 11-year-old sister was playing with him and tried to rescue her brother, but she was pulled underwater and had to be rescued by lifeguards.

The body was taken to the Coast Guard station and given to the medical examiner, officials said.

An investigation is continuing.

No other details have been released.

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