Sheriff: Man drowns off coast of Figure Eight Island (UPDATED) is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

A 41-year-old man drowned while swimming off the coast of Figure Eight Island on Sunday morning.

Lt. Jerry Brewer, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said a call came in to the New Hanover County 911 Center for a water rescue at 11:19 a.m. Jose Rodriguez went into the water with a friend when he “went missing,” Brewer said.

Rescuers searched for Rodriguez for about 20 to 30 minutes before he was found and brought to shore by lifeguards and EMS.

“Life-saving measures were taken, but the man could not be resuscitated,” Brewer said.