Coast Guard recovers body of missing man in “La Villa Pesquera” Beach, Puerto Rico

7th Coast Guard District NewsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue crews located and recovered the body of a missing man Wednesday night, after his body refloated just off the beach rocks in “La Villa Pesquera,” Isabela, Puerto Rico.

The crew of a Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter located the body at approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday, while the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark launched their small boat and recovered the body shortly thereafter.

The body of the missing 28-year-old was transferred to Isabela’s Municipal Police after it was recovered.

The man reportedly had climbed the rocks to mount a cross in honor of a family member who also passed away after drowning in the same location during this past 4th of July weekend.

“Our most heartfelt condolences go out to family and friends on the loss of their loved one,” said. Capt. Drew Pearson, Sector San Juan commander. “The efforts of this young man to alert people of the dangers associated with jumping from the rocks into the water at this beach should not go unnoticed by anyone.”

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan received a call from a 911 emergency operator at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, who relayed the report from the man’s friend, who had last seen him falling off the rocks into the water Tuesday night and not resurface.

Since the search began Tuesday, Coast Guard rescue crews aboard MH-65 Dolphin helicopters, the Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark and a Boat Station San Juan 45-foot response boat conducted 13 air and surface searches spanning out 285 nautical miles throughout the search area. Also involved in the search efforts were local emergency responders from the Puerto Rico State Emergency Management Agency, Arecibo’s Office of Emergency Management, Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action maritime and air units, Isabela’s Municipal Police and Emergency Medical Services personnel, among others.

Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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