The body of a 21-year-old Arizona State University student who went missing while swimming on a school trip in Thailand washed ashore Thursday afternoon local time, according to Thai police.
Joshua Shane, a native of Olathe, KS, went missing in the ocean during a late-night swim with fellow classmates at Patong Beach on Phuket Island.
A spokeswoman for the university said Shane went missing Tuesday night after going swimming with fellow classmates in the strong currents of the Andaman Sea.
Police said a teacher accompanying the students confirmed his identity and that Shane was wearing the same shorts and T-shirt as when he was last seen.
Shane went to Thailand for a four-week college study abroad program through ASU, where he attended college. Shane was a junior and a sustainability major at ASU. Shane's family said he was passionate about international social justice and global sustainability.
"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 the strong currents, and while the other student was able to swim to shore, Shane disappeared in the water.
The strong currents also made recovery efforts difficult, according to the Phuket Wan Tourism Times.
The university said it notified his parents in Olathe, 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.
Shane's family released the following statement Wednesday.
Joshua is a beautiful soul and was truly at his best while traveling and exploring. He was passionate about international social justice and global sustainability; he was here to make the world a better place. We would like to thank those involved including the people of Thailand and Arizona State University for their dedication and compassion during this difficult time. We will continue to be inspired by Joshua's life and appreciate the outpouring of support and prayer.
KCTV reporter Sandra Olivas and Chris Oberholtz, KCTV multimedia producer, in Kansas City, MO, contributed to this report.
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