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."

Pat S. June 21, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Saw the Coast Guard and other emergency equipment yesterday and this morning patrolling. They worked tirelessly for many hours. We are lucky to have such dedicated people- thank you to all who were there. So sad to lose another person.
JerseyShore4Ever June 21, 2012 at 06:44 PM
So sad. Unfortunately there will be more seach and rescues, as the summer has just begun.Out of towners and foreigners believe they are invincible...Dont swim if there are no life guards on duty!!!! Plain and Simple.
maggie June 21, 2012 at 06:50 PM
<3 prayers to all involved and dealing with this loss.
Randal Graves June 21, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Jerry Belle June 21, 2012 at 06:58 PM
What is a position identification? The article states, "They are going to schedule an autopsy to make a position identification."
Jackie June 21, 2012 at 07:12 PM
It means they could not identify the body by sight alone. Dental records and DNA will most likely be needed.
Jackie June 21, 2012 at 07:12 PM
prayers to the families involved
Nick June 21, 2012 at 07:14 PM
It sais "positive identification "
Raymond W Houck June 21, 2012 at 07:16 PM
randel what is BGH?
Common Sense in Silverton June 21, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I'm leaning towards Benny Go Home.
stuffin June 21, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I'm wondering if this guy didn't injure himself (neck) when he went under the wave. Would explain why he never came back up like the other two (according the quoted witness).
maddy June 21, 2012 at 08:37 PM
BGH....nonsensical comment. There are plenty of people native to the shore here who do not listen to the warnings and risk their lives swimming or surfing. My heart goes out to this family.
lisa June 21, 2012 at 09:24 PM
thats what it sounds like to me. it wasn't rough. maybe got tumbled.
andrea dipietro June 21, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Its so sad I was in the area and saw the helocopters and chan 12 news and life gaurds. Sorry for the loss :(
barbara June 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Such a tradgedy, feel for the family. The Coast Guard, State Police and all involved in this rescue should be commended. RIP.
dainty June 21, 2012 at 10:54 PM
why cant we post how to handle a riptide on the signs we already post with the other directives? ALOT of this could be avoided IF folks KNEW how to handle them. So sad! xox
maddy June 22, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Even people who know how to get out of a rip can get disoriented or scared. I'm not sure signs would help much. The only way to avoid this kind of thing is to only go in the ocean under good conditions and on a guarded beach...and even then things can go wrong. The ocean is not a pool, and on a fun summer day, a lot of us forget that. Just such a sad situation all around.
Tracey June 22, 2012 at 02:54 AM
:/ I was on the beach in seaside when it happened... Shbp went rushing off on the jetski to help... When they returned with no luck I started to cry... It doesn't matter if he was a benny or a foreigner... He could have been anyone any of us know... He was someone's son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin and friend... He was a human being... That's all that should matter... We should all be mourning the loss of his short life in such a tragic way!
Casey June 22, 2012 at 03:52 AM
SS heights had a lot rescues themselves that day, Great neighbors they were to stay and to go lend a hand to SS park....sad ending....the ocean is an unpredictable place, wish it were a better outcome
Vee June 22, 2012 at 04:03 AM
So sad here's just a thought... Do u think it should be a law to wear life jackets while in the ocean? It would save many life's ... Because I have kids who go to the beach it scares the shit out of me!
Julio R. Caceres Jr. June 22, 2012 at 05:36 AM
my prayers to swimmers' families who had 2 lost lives and please be very careful going to the ocean and please listen to the lifeguards and be safe this summer
BGH or act normal June 22, 2012 at 01:26 PM
my family & I live down here & spent every summer as young children here, I have 3 children & my nephew is here for the summmer, all very strong swimmers & know the beach. Guess what, as much as the kids wanted to go to the beach, ( all teenagers) I explained the rip currents & they understood. Very sad for the family of the young man, But you have to respect the ocean. If you dont tragedies WILL happen..
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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