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Swimmer's body found in Atlantic Beach

The body of a Brooklyn college student who was pulled out to sea while swimming earlier this week was found Saturday in Atlantic Beach, authorities said.

The man, Emanuel Tiburcio, 19, had been missing since Wednesday, when he went to Long Beach with some friends. He was presumed drowned after going under near Edwards Boulevard.

His body was found at about 12 p.m. Saturday at Silver Point, on the westernmost tip of Atlantic Beach, Long Beach City Manager Charles Theofan said.

"That's the unfortunate reality," Theofan said.

Reached at Tiburcio's home in Brooklyn, his sister Angie said that she was too distraught to speak at length about her brother. The family was making funeral arrangements.

"He was always a happy person," she said, recalling him as an optimistic young man.

"Nothing is impossible," she said he once told her, "when it comes to any goal in life."

Friends said Tiburcio went by the nickname "Manny" and was a student at Baruch College.

An off-duty FBI agent found the body wedged between rocks in the water close to the shore, Theofan said.

Authorities said witnesses told them that just before Tiburcio's disappearance, the 19-year-old had remarked that he wasn't able to swim. Tiburcio was last seen floating face-down beyond a jetty, about 100 feet from shore.

Another swimmer, Eugene Theodore Jr., 22, of Queens Village, went missing off Jones Beach later in the day on Wednesday.

His body has not been found. The Coast Guard called off its search for him when rescuers concluded he could not survive more than 16 hours in the ocean.

With Nomaan Merchant

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