Body of Missing Atlantic Beach Man Found Off Jones Beach Inlet

The body of an Atlantic Beach man who had gone missing while paddle boarding near his home last weekend was found off Jones Beach Inlet on Friday, authorities said.

Both Nassau County police and the United States Coast Guard confirmed they recovered the body of 41-year-old Gary Turkel. Turkel’s paddle board was also discovered.

A spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard said a private fishing boat alerted Nassau County police at around 6 a.m., who then contacted the Coast Guard. Turkel’s body was recovered about 24 miles off the coast, the spokesman said.

Turkel had gone missing near his Atlantic Beach home Sunday afternoon, police said. He was last seen by his wife paddleboarding by Yates Avenue, police said.

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