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Soldier’s body recovered off St. Simons

Victim had been swept out to sea while swimming with family

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POSTED: June 11, 2012 12:08 p.m.

The body of a 3rd Infantry Division soldier who went missing in St. Simons Island’s waters last weekend has been recovered.

Staff Sgt. Calvin Leblanc, 30, was found near the pier by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at 8:20 p.m. Tuesday. He went missing Sunday evening while swimming with his family near East Beach.

Glynn County law enforcement assisted with the recovery. The county’s coroner pronounced Leblanc dead at 9:45 p.m.

Leblanc, a Minot, N.D., resident, was reported missing by his wife, who said he was swept out to sea by a rip current.

The Coast Guard launched a boat rescue crew from Brunswick and Coast Guard Air Station Savannah launched an air rescue crew around 5:28 p.m. Sunday.

Fort Stewart also reported the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, with support from Glynn County law enforcement, helped in the search with divers, site scan sonar, helicopters and all-terrain vehicles.

The search was suspended last Monday.

Leblanc was a combat engineer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. He arrived at Fort Stewart on March 20 and was deployed three times.

 

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