The body of a Connecticut man was recovered Sunday morning off of Cape Cod after he went missing in the ocean the day before, authorities said.
The man, identified by the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s office as Ross Williamson, 27, of Bolton, was last seen Saturday afternoon off the coast of Truro, approximately 600 yards south of Ballston Beach, Truro police said in a Facebook post.
Police first responded to the South Pamet Road beach at 1:33 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report for a swimmer in distress, officials said.
According to a statement from the district attorney’s office, Williamson had been walking along the beach with his mother before he went into the water. He was knocked down by waves and dragged out to sea.
“His mother attempted to rescue him but was injured herself and subsequently taken to the hospital,” the statement, emailed to Boston.com, said. “Although Williamson was on a Special Olympics swim team, he was not a proficient swimmer and never went in the ocean due to the cold and the waves.”
The U.S. Coast Guard, Massachusetts State Police, and the Truro fire and police departments carried out a rescue effort but were unable to locate Williamson, officials said. Operations were suspended at dusk, and a recovery mission began Sunday morning.
Williamson’s body was found as the Truro Fire Department conducted a sweep of the shoreline along Ballston Beach, according to authorities.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will be reviewing the case but “there is nothing at this time to suggest the cause of death is anything other than accidental drowning,” the statement from the district attorney’s office said.