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June 22, 2017

Body of second Atlantic City drowning victim found

Ramon Quinn entered the ocean to help friend Kaliy-ah Hand after she got caught in a rip current; they both died

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Atlantic City drowning Brian Hickey/PhillyVoice Staff

Divers were back in waters off Atlantic City Saturday morning, where they were searching for the bodies of two teenagers pulled out to sea by a rip current Thursday night. Police on Monday found the body was one of the missing teens, 16-year-old Kaliy-ah Hand of Atlantic City. Ramon Quinn, 15, of Pleasantville, remains missing.

The body of the teenage boy who drowned while trying to rescue his friend was found Thursday morning on an Atlantic City beach.

Ramon Quinn, 15, had jumped into the water last week when he saw his friend, Kaliy-ah Hand, struggling. Hand, 16, also drowned. Her remains were found earlier this week on a Margate beach by police.

An Atlantic City resident found the Quinn's body on the Morris Avenue beach at 9:13 a.m. Thursday.

Witnesses and police have said the two were in the ocean with a group of friends. As they made their way back to shore, Hand began to struggle in a rip current.

Quinn stayed behind and tried to help Hand, but they were both pulled further out toward the jetty and struggled until they were pulled under water, according to police.

Hand's father, Dirk Spence, 45, of Atlantic City, called Quinn a "hero" last week. At the time, he said his grieving process could not fully begin until the Pleasantville teen was found.