OCEANSIDE - A body discovered in the water of an Oceanside beach Thursday morning is the same 21-year-old man who disappeared the night before off a Carlsbad beach.
Oceanside police report that a person walking along Buccaneer Beach, near South Pacific and Cassidy streets, discovered the body in the water and called 911 at about 5:30 a.m. Firefighters responded and confirmed the victim was deceased.
The victim's family came to the beach and identified him as David Velasco of Vista, the same man who had gone missing the night before. His 18-year-old brother was identified as Fernando Velasco, according to Kristina Ray, a city of Carlsbad spokesperson.
Velasco's body will be turned over to the San Diego Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.
At about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, David and Fernando were at Carlsbad State Beach when David was somehow swept into the water. An official with the California Department of Parks and Recreation told 10News that the two brothers were on the shoreline of the beach when a giant wave came up and overtook David, pulling him out to sea.
The brothers are from Vista. Neither were swimmers, Lopez said.
An intensive search Wednesday night for Velasco involving boats, divers and helicopters from city, county and federal agencies, including the Coast Guard, was unsuccessful, Lopez said.
The stretch of beach where Velasco was missing was not patrolled because the lifeguard tower had closed about 45 minutes before he drowned.