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Former Olathe student in Thailand missing, presumed drowned

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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.

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