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Body Recovered Off Seaside Park Beach Identified As Bayonne Man

Death ruled as accidental drowning, Ocean County Prosecutor says

An autopsy has determined that the body recovered 150 yards off the O Street beach in Thursday is a Bayonne man who disappeared in the surf after being hit by a wave.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Hydow Park ruled that Bestavros Faris, 18, died of accidental drowning, Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said today.

"At this time I would like to extend condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Faris," Ford said.

Faris and three other friends weren't on the beach Wednesday afternoon more than five minutes before three of the men ventured into the water, a witness told police.

"He watched them on the beach for a short time," Seaside Park Patrolman Steven Shadiack 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."

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

The Seaside Park beaches were still unguarded on Wednesday. Ironically, guards came on full-time summer duty on Thursday, according to a schedule compiled months ago. Signs were posted on the beach on Wednesday warning bathers to swim at their own risk, Shadiack said.

Seaside Johnny June 23, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Their Captian foresaw a real danger this week because of the rips, water temp, and weather. It is shame he was told no by the Town when he asked to have guards on duty this week.
gtr June 24, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Noone should be allowed to go in the ocean. It is just too dangerous. Pass a law that you can not go in past your ankles. If you want to swim, get a pool, or join the YMCA>
Jake Collier June 24, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I hope you're being sarcastic.
STEVEN DOMINICK June 29, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Come on No to having lifeguards, Let have someone die again , Is this whats it takes, Come on Mayor, Please...
lisa digiovanni July 06, 2012 at 03:20 PM
maybe they should put different color flags indicating the undertow.and the sevarity of the ocean

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