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    FILE - This May 2008 file photo provided by family friend Maurice Mitchell shows Daniel Bobis on his wedding day in Point Lookout, N.Y. Bobis, 32, a math teacher and coach at Long Beach High School in New York, disappeared during an apparent surfing accident off the coast of western Indonesia on July 24, 2011. Local fishermen say they found his body about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from where he's last been seen. (AP Photo/courtesy of Maurice Mitchell, Allison Caviness, File)


JAKARTA, Indonesia >> Local fishermen on Thursday found the body of an American surfer who went missing last weekend in waters off western Indonesia.

Daniel Bobis apparently hit another surfer’s board after emerging from the barrel of a powerful, 10-foot (3 meter) wave. His leash broke and his board washed to shore.

Andri, a member of the search and rescue team, said Bobis’ body was found about 20 miles  from where he’d last been seen.

Bobis, 32, was a math teacher and coach at Long Beach High School in New York.

He had been vacationing with his wife, Rachel, on Sumatra island. She did not wish to comment.

Bobis’ Facebook page was flooded with condolences.

Friends in Long Beach held a candlelight vigil Sunday in the beachside community where he grew up.

Bobis started a competitive surf team at the school and was head coach.


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