The body of missing New Jersey man, Zandro Samote, was found north of the Duck-Southern Shores line, according to the Town of Duck officials.

Officials say that Samote, 45, of Bergenfield, went missing while riding a tube behind a pontoon boat in the area of 13 Soundview Trail,Currituck County, NC., around 1:05 p.m. on Saturday.


Samote was wearing a orange bathing suit, and was not wearing a life-jacket.

The Coast Guard crews arrived on scene and joined Dare County boat crews and a Dare MedFlight air crew in searching for the man.

The Coast Guard’s search encompassed 39 square miles over a 14-hour period. The search was suspended at 9:45 p.m.

Condolences rang out on Facebook:

Boni Macalalag‎ Lumban Association, USA: “Zandro Samonte, the whole Lumban Association of USA is in mourning and your untimely demise… we will miss your unwavering support and unselfish dedication to the group… in a personal level I have seen you share your time and effort with us, I could not have a better vice president… we will miss you so much… thank you so much and goodbye brethren, we won’t be forgotten… in your left ones, lovella samonte and your children, parents are relatives Son… quite our condolences.”

Twiford Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for the family.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends at this difficult time.