On Wednesday, September 13, just before sunset, a search and recovery operation was attempted by units from the NYPD and the FDNY in the waters off Beach116th Street. Two NYPD helicopters and marine units based units responded to the report of an unidentified person missing in the water. It wasn't until long after dark that the search was suspended. The recovery attempt continued, on a smaller scale on Thursday with no success. Early on Friday morning, a dead body, believed to be the missing man, was found on the beach between Beach 116th and Beach 117th Streets. The identity of the victim is either unknown or being withheld pending notification of family. Authorities are of the opinion that the victim was not a Rockaway resident. The victim was in his 20s and was wearing swim shorts.
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