Police: Body in bay is missing Coast Guardsman

June 29, 2011 12:25:32 PM PDT
Authorities say a body recovered from Barnegat Bay has been identified as a Coast Guardsman who fell off a speedboat last weekend.

State Police say 25-year-old Petty Officer Nicholas Holmes' death has been ruled an accident. An autopsy found he died from asphyxia.

Holmes and another man were tossed from the 23-foot boat after being rocked by a wave left by another boat on Saturday night. There is no posted speed limit in the area.

The other man, who sustained a fracture to his arm, was immediately pulled from the water, and authorities quickly launched an air and sea search before calling it off Monday night.

Holmes was a machinery technician at Air Station Atlantic City.

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