Body found off shore confirmed as missing swimmerJames Poindexter

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James Poindexter, 27, went missing while swimming near the Clearwater Pass (Sand Key) Bridge on Labor Day, September 2, 2013. This family photo shows James with his son.


Clearwater, Florida -- The body boaters found floating four miles off the coast of Clearwater Wednesday afternoon has been confirmed to be that of James Poindexter, the Pasco County man who vanished while swimming on Monday.

Fire Rescue recovered the body Wednesday afternoon, and suspected it was 27-year-old James Poindexter, who was last seen yelling for help off the shore of Sand Key on Labor Day, but needed the Medical Examiner to make a positive ID to be sure.

Divers say the water where Poindexter disappeared is shallow from the shoreline, out to about 20 yards. Then it drops quickly. There's a zone where the water may be up to someone's waist and then three feet further out, it's up over their head.

It is possible that rip currents could have been a factor. Click here for tips on surviving a rip current.

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