The body of 41-year-old Gary Turkel who went missing Sunday off the Long Island Shore washed up Friday morning around 30 miles off the shore.
The body was found by a tugboat at around 7:00 a.m. The U.S. Coast Guard/USAR responded and transferred the body back to Jones Beach. Sources say the body has been positively identified as Turkel. Late Tuesday the Coast Guard suspended the search and United Search and Rescue continued the search from the ground the air and ocean.
Turkel was reported missing by the Nassau County Fire Department at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Sunday after a family member called local authorities and said that Turkel had gone out on a paddleboard and had not returned. A lifeguard in the vicinity of Atlantic Beach last saw him at approximately 3:30 p.m. Sunday on the paddleboard without a life jacket, the Coast Guard had said.