Neil Gibbons, a 30-year-old Irish citizen, was recently found dead off the coast of Long Beach, New York, after being dragged out to sea while swimming with friends around 2 a.m. Monday morning.
The Long Beach Fire Department announced on Wednesday that his body was recovered in the early morning after what was an extensive search for the man from Limerick.
Neil Gibbons, a 30-year-old Irish national, was swimming with friends early Monday morning, but never made it back to shore. https://t.co/nkQKNYs5xc— Bay Shore Patch (@BayShorePatch) June 27, 2018
The search lasted 29 hours and covered more than 650 miles, with respondents ranging from the U.S. Coast Guard, NYPD, Nassau County Police, the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department, as well as first-responders from Long Beach.
The Long Beach Patch reported that the Coast Guard called off the search on Tuesday morning, but local agencies in the area kept searching for the man.
The early morning incident is said to have involved alcohol and Long Beach Fire Commissioner Scott Kemins stated: “They knew they were getting in trouble.”
Kemins told New York’s local CBS affiliate, “They got out and when they turned around, their friend was gone and they couldn’t locate him … they spent about 10 or 15 minutes looking for him before they notified 911, in which time we were notified.”