HAMPTON BEACH, N.H. (CBS/AP) – After an 18-hour search, the body of a 12-year-old girl who was swept out to sea off the coast of Hampton Beach was found Tuesday afternoon.

The body of  Nayelin Encarnacion, of Lawrence, Mass., was found by patrols that were walking up and down the beach. She was found very close to the area where she was last seen.

Witnesses at the scene on Tuesday said what appeared to be the body of a girl washed ashore at around 1 p.m., and officials later confirmed it was Encarnacion’s body. Encarnacion and her 20-year-old brother Walter Maldonado were swept out just before 8 p.m. on Monday.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

Maldonado told WBZ-TV he and his sister were part of a group of six people swimming in the chilly water, which was up to his chest.

He said his sister was suddenly pulled out into deeper water and called for help.

“I really tried to help with all my strength, and I just couldn’t,” said Maldonado. “I went over to her and tried to swim to her, and I couldn’t reach her.”

Maldonado went after her as she struggled to stay above water.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports.

“I was screaming for help because I couldn’t stay above the water any longer,” Maldonado continued. “I was trying to stay up at that point. And someone came in the water and they grabbed me.”

Encarnacion went under and a Good Samaritan pulled Maldonado out.

“I felt someone grab me and I was semi-unconscious.  I felt something pull me towards the shore, and before I knew it I was just there on the edge,” said Maldonado, who added he never saw his sister again.

Maldonado wishes he could thank the man who ran in the water, and pulled him to shore.

“If he’s out there, I just want to thank him for saving me,” said Maldonado.

hampton beach1 Body Of 12 Year Old Girl Swept Out To Sea Found On Hampton Beach

Authorities took the body away on an ATV Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Bernice Corpuz)

Police said according to lifeguards, there is no indication there was a rip current at the beach Monday night. There was a strong current, but not a rip current.

The water temperature was about 55 degrees.  Experts say those conditions could result in hypothermia in 35 to 40 minutes.

There were no lifeguards on the beach at the time of the incident, but they were called back later to assist in the search.  They are normally off-duty at 5:30 p.m.

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Comments (20)
  1. Just an Idea says:

    That seems very early for life gaurds to be off duty especially during memorial day weekend. Maybe a later release time for lifegaurds could be put into place,for visitors safety during summer fun. But none the less my thoughts and prayers are with this family during the horrific time.

  2. Lori says:

    I feel sorry for the girl and the likelihood of what happened to her that she got swept to sea. I also feel for her family however I also blame her family. Where were they? WHY was she allowed to go out farther then was obviously warranted? The brother went into the water to rescue her, why wasn’t one of her family already in the water. She is only 12 years old, far from being old enough to be out that far in the ocean by herself.

    1. julie worster says:

      Hwe was in the water with her , if you read the article it says they were in a group of six, the brother was up to his chest and she started to be pulled away.

      1. julie says:

        he was in the water (correction)

    2. Lori says:

      Another version of the story on another site says says differently. Thats neither here nor there. I still say a 12 year old girl should NOT be in the ocean at 8pm at night. I don’t even let my kids go in the ocean water past their shins and I am ALWAYS within reach of them.

  3. DeeDee says:

    lori are you blind??? it states there were six people in their group and they were ALL in the water!!! It was a tragic accident, no one is to blame!!!
    My condolences to the family & friends of this little girl!!

    1. erik says:

      what lori has said is in well regard and concern bullying her condolesense and prayers and a patient thorough investigation is well in need………

  4. slar001 says:

    Godbless this girl and her family. Our prayers are with everyone involved.

  5. Chris C. says:

    The little Girl has unfortunatley been found Dead..I guess she was spotted just recently by a vacationer in almost the same spot she went missing. RIP..My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. :(

  6. NickW says:

    I feel horrible for the family. Why was she in the water at 12 at 8pm though? Too late for people especially a child.

    1. tsal says:

      Nick when we vacation at the beach we are often in the water at 8:00 and until dusk. What time should we be out – just want to make sure we are doing things properly.

  7. tsal says:

    It’s remarkably sad that even where the death of a child is concerned people think they know better and can actually find blame when they have absolutely no idea what has happened. Maybe you didn’t notice that there was also a tremendous riptide at Rexham Beach yesterday in Marshfield. I didn’t see the news warning this. Should we blame the news stations also. Or should we understand it was a horrible, tragic accident and extend our condolences to the family. May God Bless them.

  8. terri says:

    horrible news, so very sorry for the family.

  9. Olivia LaFreniere says:

    I feeeeeeel realllly bad. I’m 13. & i was there when that happend :\ I hope theree all okay. Aree they both found?

  10. ady says:

    Rest in peace angel<3

  11. Jaja says:

    The rip tides are VERY dangerous between Hampton Beach, Plumb Island and Salisbury Beach…always have someone with you! Adults should ALWAYS be with their children!!!

  12. candace says:

    I was there today when they pulled her out of the water only a few feet away from where my children were playing. today was horrifying but not nearly as horrifying as it OS for that poor family who now has to grieve the loss of their child.Hampton will never be the same and o have there will now be preventative measures set in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again. rip little angel .. lost but never forgotten<3

    1. matt souza says:

      i have to agree with some of the other comments, why is a 12 yr old swimming at 8 pm ? , especially when they knew no life guards were on duty !!!! this is a terrible incident that could and should have been prevented .

      My heart goes out to her family

  13. DrStrangelove says:

    To blame the lifeguards is foolhardy. Signs are posted – people ignore them. No one should be swimming in the water yet without a wet suit, or they should swim only for short periods of time and certainly not up to one’s chest — Hypothermia sets in very quickly this time of year and slows the metabolism and reaction time. This is a horrible tragedy. My only question is why is a child swimming at a dark beach on a school night? A series of very unfortunate and tragic miscalculations. Please teach your children (and anyone who will listen) to swim parallel to the shore when caught in a riptide or strong current. The main beach at Hampton is notorious for riptides (and occasional sharks). Regardless of how hot it was yesterday, the water temperature really isn’t ready for extended swimming just yet, and the brisk water temperatures make for slower reaction time and faster panic time. Prayers for the girl and her family, and prayers also for those who witnessed the tragedy both as it unfolded and as it concluded. Very sad news story.

    1. emom says:

      So agree with you , And 8pm at this time of year is dark, and you have a hard time seeing at this time.. Its not light out till july at that time… Those waves too were rough and high, People if the water is a bit rough and you get knocked over it isnt always safe, especially if you are not a good swimmer… I also know experienced swimmers could have issues with rough waters. But children are more at risk…. god bless the family…..

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