The body of a 21-year-old swimmer who went missing in waters off the Rockaways has been recovered, police said Saturday.
Authorities said Chinnel Brown of Brownsville, Brooklyn, was found on the shore near Beach 136th St. and Rockaway Beach Blvd. at 9:49 a.m.
“We are trying to hang in,” heartbroken cousin Stacy Ann Brown told The Post late Saturday afternoon. “I was hoping they could find her alive. I don’t know…I guess it didn’t work,” she said sadly.
The cousin said Chinnel’s devastated mom was “not in any condition to talk right now.”
The cousin described the doomed swimmer as “kind person with a big smile at all times.”
Chinnel Brown was reported unaccounted for Friday, but another woman was saved, after police and firefighters responded to calls of missing swimmers off Beach 88th Street at around 7:15 p.m.
A surfer was credited with helping pull the survivor out of the water, police said.
First responders stopped searching for the missing swimmer around 9 p.m. Friday due to bad weather, police said. The search resumed Saturday morning.
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