Infantryman Drowns at Purple Horse Beach

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — UPDATE: Montgomery County Police have found the 21-year-old missing swimmer that disappeared near Purple Horse Beach.

Police have identified the man as Army Specialist Vincent Crapps of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, stationed out of Fort Myer.

Crapps was reported missing Saturday afternoon while reportedly cliff diving with friends.

The young man slipped under the water and never resurfaced, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue says.

The man’s friends attempted to save him but had to be pulled from the swift water once authorities reached the scene.

Rescue workers called off the search for the man just before nightfall Saturday, calling this an apparent drowning.

Monday afternoon, a kayak instructor discovered the body.

This is the same area where 19-year-old Ngo Tekwe Forchick of Takoma Park was found just a few days before.

Montgomery County officials have warned that swimming in the area is illegal due to strong currents, but many disregard the warning.

WNEW’s George Mesthos contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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