State police say a passing fishing vessel found 20-year-old Akhenaton Dyer of Paterson around 1:45 p.m. Friday. The body was recovered about a mile off the south side of the Manasquan Inlet, not far from where he was last seen Sunday night.
An autopsy was to be performed, but further details were not disclosed.
Witnesses said Dyer had just helped a family member toward shore when he began flailing his arms and yelling for help. Someone in a passing boat then tried to pull him to safety, but couldn't reach him in time.
The two family members Dyer was trying to rescue made it safely to shore.