REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (DC News Now) — Police said the search for a missing swimmer from Maryland ended Monday after crews found him dead on a beach.
Crews began looking for Richard A. Boateng, 31, of Savage, Md. on Sunday. The man from Howard County last was seen in the water off of Rehoboth Beach near Rehoboth Avenue around 5:45 p.m.
The Rehoboth Beach Police Department (RBPD) said its members, along with members of the Delaware State Parks Enforcement Division, and the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department received word of a body in the surf in the North Shores community in the area of Ocean Drive and Farview Road shortly before 6 a.m. Monday. Crews arrived and identified the body, which had reached the beach, as that of Boateng.
His girlfriend, Ashley Affum, said that Boateng was “somewhat of an intermediate swimmer.” She said she was with him before he went missing and that they had a “quick conversation” right before he went back into the water.
“I was there at the beach yesterday about 10 minutes before the incident happened,” Affum said. “He came back to the shore to have a brief conversation. That was the last time we talked.”
It was the couple’s first time at Rehoboth Beach and she and Boateng were visiting for a weekend trip.
Affum said lifeguards were off duty during the time that he went missing. According to Rehoboth Beach’s website, lifeguards are on duty until 5:30 p.m. on weekends.
“Richard was selfless. He was the type of person that would take his shirt off for a stranger. He would give to anybody and everybody,” Affum said.