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Body Recovered In Seaside Park Near O Street Where Swimmer Disappeared Wednesday

Autopsy next step to identify victim, prosecutor's office says

A body was discovered near the O Street beach in Seaside Park this afternoon, close to where an 18-year-old man disappeared in the surf Wednesday afternoon, Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michel Paulhus said.

"They did recover a body," he said. "They are going to schedule an autopsy to make a positive identification. It was found in the general area where the swimmer was reported missing."

The body was discovered by the New Jersey State Police's Special Operations Section  about 150 yards southeast of the O Street beach, Patrolman Steven Shadiack said.

State Police had been searching the area with a side-scan sonar device towed by a 23-foot patrol boat. State Police Lt. Stephen Jones said.

The body was discovered submerged in 18 feet of water, he said.

"The troopers on that detail are true experts with the side-scan equipment," Jones said. "Body recovery is never pleasant, but the families of the vicitms need closure."

Bestavros Faris, 18, Bayonne, went into the water off the unguarded beach with three other friends around 3 p.m. on Wednesday. All four got into trouble, but Faris was the only one who didn't make it back to shore, Shadiack said.

A resident who lives on O Street saw the four youths on the beach before the incident occurred, Shadiack said.

"He watched them on the beach for a short time," he said. "One stayed ankle-deep. The others went from ankle-deep to waist-high, then chest-high. The wave came. Three went under the water and only two came up. That's how fast it was. It didn't take long to have a tragedy like this."

Luke June 22, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Life jackets in the ocean can actually be detrimental in any kind of surf, especially for kids. If someone flips over and is extemely tired, there's a high chance that they won't be able to flip it back over. Kids are especially susceptable to this. Life jackets save lives, just not in waves.
Donna Griffin June 22, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Vee -- Earlier and very helpful post from Lifeguard Joe: "Life jackets are dangerous in shore line settings. 1>head and neck injuries are more likely to occur as the added floatation greatly increases the impact of beach break upon the wearer, 2> If you lose your footing wearing a life jacket you are much more likely to be swept with the current at an accelerated rate. 3> life jackets offer a false sense of security to the bather causing the bather to take on a greater degree of risk. Life vest used repeated in the ocean are subject to rapid deterioration and can fail in the forces presented by a wave. 4> Life vest are dangerous because the user cannot duck under move quickly to avoid breaking waves and detritus. 5> People are less likely to pay as much attention to the condition of someone in their party who is waring a life vest then they are to someone who is not."
BelmarKT June 22, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Are you serious??? Make it a law to wear life jackets?? The government is out of control with all of these laws! People need to be accountable for themselves and their children - it's not the government's responsibility.
1stcav June 22, 2012 at 02:05 PM
So sad, RIP young man....
Vin C June 22, 2012 at 04:21 PM
The towns should have lifeguards on duty from 8am to 8 pm from Memorial day to the end of September.All these towns make enough money from beach fees to protect its citizens.

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