Diver discovers body of missing teen swimmer at Boynton Inlet
Sebastian Francois, 15, missing since Sunday night
10:54 PM, Jan 14, 2014
8:47 AM, Jan 15, 2014
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - On Tuesday at about 4:30 p.m. Timothy Burress jumped into the often unforgiving water near the Boynton Inlet. Burress was free-diving and trying to find schools of fish to eventually hunt.
"That's the last thing I expected going down there," said Burress. "As soon as I jumped in, that's the first thing I found."
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office believes who Burress found is Sebastian Francois. The teen was in Florida from his native Haiti visiting relatives here. Francois' family said the boy went into the water but never came out.
"He was head first into the pilings and the current had pushed him up underneath the rocks," said Burress about what he saw under the water. He bolted up the to surface and shouted to his girlfriend to call 911.
"At first I didn't believe him," said Alix Cannon, Burress' girlfriend. "I asked 'Are you sure that's what you saw?' And he said 'Yes.' "
From the air, ground and water, the search for the swimmer missing since Sunday night finally ended nearly 48 hours later.
"It's one of the dangerous inlets on the east coast," Burress said of the Boynton Inlet. "Mother Nature is pretty much like a serial killer. Don't disrespect her."
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, which was leading the search, was to notify the family of Francois of the discovery later Tuesday evening.