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Update: Missing Woman's Body Found

The body of a woman, who went swimming in the Currituck Sound Saturday, has been found.

Currituck County authorities say a commercial fisherman found the body floating in the sound, northeast of the Poplar Branch boat landing.

The Coast Guard told WITN News that Bland was from Washington, but the sheriff's office says the woman lived in Greenville.

A medical examiner saw nothing suspicious and released the body to a funeral home.

The 26-year-old woman disappeared in the Little Narrows near Poplar Branch in Currituck Sound.

The Coast Guard ended its search for Bland Sunday night, but local emergency crews continued their recovery efforts Monday.

The woman was swimming from an 18-foot boat with another woman Saturday night near Poplar Branch.

Petty Officer Jason Frivance of the Coast Guard said the women didn't anchor the boat, which drifted away in a northeast wind. The woman who survived said she swam for an hour to catch the boat and didn't see her friend when she looked back.


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The Coast Guard is searching for a swimmer in the Currituck Sound.

The 26 year-old swimmer disappeared in the Little Narrows near Poplar Branch in Currituck Sound.

The Coast Guard got the call around 8:30pm Saturday that Leah Bland was missing after going for a swim. She was on a 18 foot boat with one other person on board. That person notified emergency crews.

"We're still searching for the missing swimmer, and we will continue searching for her," said Chief Petty Officer Stephen Mansfield, officer in charge of Station Elizabeth City and senior Coast Guardsman at the ICP.

Here is the press release from the Coast Guard:

Coast Guard, state, local agencies search for missing swimmer in Currituck Sound

CURRITUCK, N.C. - The Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, and other state and local agencies are searching for a missing 26-year-old swimmer in Little Narrows near Poplar Branch in Currituck Sound.

Currituck 911 notified Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector North Carolina at 8:30 p.m. that Leah Bland was reported missing after swimming from an 18-foot boat with one other person on board.

Boat crews from Station Elizabeth City and helicopter crews from Air Station Elizabeth City searched through the night and continue to search along with boat crews from the Currituck County Sheriff's Department, Currituck Fire Department, North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Norfolk, Va., police dive team.

The Coast Guard and Currituck County Sheriff's Department set up an incident command post at the Poplar Branch Wildlife Ramp to coordinate the search.

"We're still searching for the missing swimmer, and we will continue searching for her," said Chief Petty Officer Stephen Mansfield, officer in charge of Station Elizabeth City and senior Coast Guardsman at the ICP.


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