Body of missing boogie boarder found near Frisco Beach

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WAVY) — The body of a missing boogie boarder was found Wednesday morning near Frisco Beach, according to an official with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore park officials said in a news release Tuesday that an 18-year-old man from Thailand was reported missing while trying to help another swimmer in distress. The distressed swimmer made it back to shore safely, but the 18-year-old man has not returned.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector North Carolina were notified around 1:40 p.m. that the man was seen falling off a boogie board and did not come back up. The boogie board was found washed up on shore, near off road vehicle ramp 49.

Petty Officer Joshua Canup told our sister station WAVY.com Wednesday that Hatteras Island Rescue personnel found the man’s body while conducting an active search.