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Missing swimmer's body found on Padre Island after two day search

The body of 18-year-old Andru Bas was found around 4 p.m. Tuesday near Mile Marker 203.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Nueces County ESD #2 posted to social media at approximately 4 p.m. that the body of 18-year-old Andru Bas has been found near Mile Marker 203 on Padre Island. 

Fire Chief Robert Rocha said a spectator spotted the male in the water, and firefighters recovered the body.

ESD 2, Corpus Christi Fire Department and several volunteers had been on the North Jetty on Padre Island since Sunday searching for Bas.

Officials said Bas was swimming with his 16-year-old brother when both began having trouble with the current on Sunday. The 16-year-old was rescued by a nearby surfer.

"I heard a yell and so I started paddling over because I just felt the feeling that I should, and I just heard him saying 'help, help, help!' so I just told him to grab onto my board and he grabbed onto the front of it," the surfer said.

The US Coast Guard suspended their search for Bas around 2 p.m. Tuesday after covering 787 nautical miles in 23 hours. Hours later, Bas was found by local first responders. 

Update they missing swimmer has been found. We thank everyone that helped with the search

Posted by Nueces County ESD 2- Flour Bluff Fire VFD on Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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