Rescue efforts have ended for a college student from Olathe who went missing off a beach in Thailand.
Police in Phuket say they are now searching for the body of Joshua Shane, a 21-year-old who was on a four-week college study abroad program through Arizona State University, where he was a junior and a sustainability major.
A spokeswoman for the university said that the 2009 Olathe South graduate went missing Tuesday night after going swimming with fellow classmates at Patong Beach on Phuket Island.
"Arizona State University is deeply saddened and offers its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Joshua Shane," Arizona State spokeswoman Julie Newberg said.
Shane and another student struggled because of strong currents. The other student was able to swim to shore, but Shane disappeared and is now presumed drowned.
Phuket Wan Tourism Times reports this is no longer a rescue mission.
Crews there are now trying to recover his body, but the strong current is making their search difficult.
The university says it has notified his parents in Olathe, KS, and they are providing counseling to the other participants in the study abroad program.
"The university is focusing on offering counseling services to students and faculty participating in the Thailand program and to those who may have known the student to help ease their pain at this difficult time," Newberg said.
Refresh this page for updates on this developing story.
Copyright 2012 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.
Statement from Shane's family:Joshua is a beautiful soul and was truly at his best while traveling & exploring. He was passionate about international social justice and global sustainability. He was hereMore>>
Friday, April 18 2014 9:53 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:53:24 GMT
The police department's statements detail their use of GPS tracking, surveillance and the help of tips from the public that led to the eventual arrest of Mohammed Whitaker, the man suspected of being theMore >
Court documents detail how new-age technology, old-fashioned police work and observant eyewitnesses led to the capture of the man that authorities say was responsible for a string of highway shootings that terrorized the area.More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 5:05 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:05:59 GMT
Not just once, but now a second time this week Blue Valley High School students are coming together in honor of a fellow classmate. Over Spring Break while on vacation with his family senior Alex FraserMore >
Not just once, but now a second time this week Blue Valley High School students are coming together in honor of a fellow classmate.More >
Sunday, April 20 2014 9:36 AM EDT2014-04-20 13:36:54 GMT
One person is in the hospital after a car crash on Interstate 70. It happened near Lee's Summit Road early Sunday morning and involved multiple vehicles. Police had to shut down a section of the interstateMore >
One person is in the hospital after a car crash on Interstate 70 in Independence. More >
Sunday, April 20 2014 9:36 AM EDT2014-04-20 13:36:21 GMT
Authorities are investigating a convenience store shooting.Raytown police were called to a QuikTrip in the 8700 block of East 63 Street about 1:30 a.m. Sunday after reports that a person that had beenMore >
Authorities are investigating a convenience store shooting.More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-04-19 20:01:03 GMT
The person prosecutors believe was the highway shooter's first victim, long before bullets started flying on the highways, spoke Friday. Mohammed Whitaker, 27, is charged in the shootings and court documentsMore >
The person prosecutors believe was the highway shooter's first victim, long before bullets started flying on the highways, spoke Friday.More >
Friday, April 18 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:35:55 GMT
Connecticut lawmakers have proposed new bill that would ban whole milk from day care centers. The plan is being considered to improve nutrition standards among children and reduce obesity.The AmericanMore >
Connecticut lawmakers have proposed new bill that would ban whole milk from daycare centers. The plan is being considered to improve nutrition standards among children and reduce obesity.More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-04-19 17:54:30 GMT
Police said a woman was taken into custody following a brief chase Saturday. The chase started on East 39th Street and Arrowhead Avenue in Independence, MO, about 11:27 a.m.It lasted about 11 minutes andMore >
Police said a woman was taken into custody following a brief chase Saturday.More >
Thursday, April 17 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:36:42 GMT
It is a story about tragedy, luck, perseverance and incredible good will. While on a dream vacation in Italy, Sam Porritt snapped a picture of a gorgeous sunrise in Tuscany. He stepped up on a ledge toMore >
A dream vacation in an instant turned into a horrible nightmare.More >
Friday, April 18 2014 11:22 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:22:08 GMT
Ashton Kutcher, one of the world's top TV stars, stopped to ponder Georgia's official Peanut Statue in Ashburn. His selfie, showing himself and his fiancé, Mila Kunis, appreciating the structure, hasMore >
Ashton Kutcher, one of the world's top TV stars, stopped to ponder Georgia's official Peanut Statue in Ashburn. His selfie, showing himself and his fiancé, Mila Kunis, appreciating the structure, has circled the globe.More >