Body of teen who saved two friends from rough seas found on New Jersey beach

Body of teen who saved two friends from rough seas found on New Jersey beach
FILE PHOTO: The body of a teen who helped two friends caught in rough water and was pulled in himself was recovered on Saturday in Atlantic City. (Ventnor police/Ventnor police)

The body of a teen who helped two friends caught in rough water and was pulled in himself was recovered on Saturday in Atlantic City.

Jalan Alston, 18, was swimming with two friends Friday night when they were caught in rough waters brought in by Tropical Storm Fay, WCAU reported. When the two women started to struggle he pushed them toward shore but was pulled under, NJ.com reported

"Let it be known my brother was a hero," Alston's brother Mark told WCAU

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Alston's body was found around 6:20 p.m. Saturday after officials had called off their search Saturday night, NJ.com reported. Neither of Alston's friends were injured.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Jalan,” Capt. Jonathan Theel, commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, told WCAU. “It’s always difficult to suspend a case and it weighs especially heavy on our hearts knowing that he was helping others.”

Officials believe the weather was a factor.

“The surf conditions that evening were rough with dangerous rip currents from Tropical Storm Fay and we suspect that played a part in this tragic event,” Ventnor police Capt. Joe Fussner said.

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Mark Alston said his brother, who competed in track and field, was a recent graduate from George Westinghouse High School in New York, NJ.com reported

“He made the ultimate sacrifice,” Alston said. “He is truly selfless and has always been that way — he’s the type of person that will try to do anything you ask of him of him and he would always come through.”