The body of a man thought to be lost at sea was found on the Atlantic City beach Saturday, nearly 24 hours after a search began involving Coast Guard helicopters and police boats.
Jalan Alston, 18, gave his life Friday night to save two women in the ocean off Ventnor. They were caught in rough waters brought by Tropical Storm Fay, the Coast Guard and Ventnor police said.
Alston pushed the women toward land, putting himself in harm's way and ultimately sacrificing his own life, police said.
"Let it be known my brother was a hero," Alston's brother told NBC10 before news of his passing was known.
Last evening my kid brother was lost at sea on the northeast coast . I’m praying we find him and I’m posting this picture so that those near water can be on a lookout for him, his name is Jalan Alston, all I want is for him to be found. @USCGNortheast pic.twitter.com/9mXfNeBDlA— Mark A. (@Calamarky) July 11, 2020
Alston was found after authorities had called off the search Saturday night.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Jalan,” said Capt. Jonathan Theel, commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. “It’s always difficult to suspend a case and it weighs especially heavy on our hearts knowing that he was helping others.”
A GoFundMe set up for the Alston family, so far, has raised more than $8,100.