USM student still missing near Dauphin Island, Ala.

USM student still missing near Dauphin Island, Ala.
A search is underway by the US Coast Guard. (Source: WAFB)

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WDAM) - Authorities in Alabama have identified the man who possibly drowned Sunday evening near Dauphin Island.

According to WPMI NBC 15 News, the U.S. Coast Guard identified the missing swimmer as 18-year-old Rob Brent.

Officials with The University of Southern Mississippi confirmed to WDAM that Brent is a student at the university.

USM issued this statement on Brent’s disappearance:

We are all terribly saddened by the news regarding Southern Miss student Rob Brent, and we have offered his family, friends and loved ones our heart-felt prayers and support - Dr. Dee Dee Anderson, Vice President for Student Affairs

Brent was last seen swimming on a sandbar near Dauphin Island before 6 p.m. Sunday. His friends told rescue crews that Brent could not swim.

Several agencies including the Coast Guard, Air Station New Orleans and the Dauphin Island police and fire departments worked into the night searching for Brent.

This is a developing story. We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.

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