Tragic end to a search effort: Missing boater’s body found in Great South Bay


It was a harrowing five days for family, friends, and the community as they rallied together to search for 28-year-old James Jaronczyk, a boater from Massapequa who went missing on Sunday, May 7.

But sadly, their efforts came to a tragic end when Jaronczyk’s body was found in the Great South Bay on Thursday. According to a News 12 report, the Suffolk County Police Marine Unit discovered Jaronczyk’s remains at the bay’s bottom, located to the west of the village pool, an area where search teams had been focused.

It was believed that Jaronczyk, who was alone on his 22-foot powerboat, was tossed into the frigid waters by a wave, and his boat was later found floating in the bay by Babylon around 4:30 p.m. A massive search effort was launched, with many local and out-of-state volunteers offering their time to help look for the young man.

Despite the determined search effort, hopes were dwindling as each day passed without any sign of Jaronczyk. The US Coast Guard and other agencies used boats, helicopters and drones to comb through the waters in the area.

Finally, on the fifth day of the search, Jaronczyk’s body was located, bringing an end to the grueling search. It is unclear at this time where his body was found.

The news of his death has sent shockwaves through the local community, leaving many mourning the loss of a young man with his whole life ahead of him.

A GoFundMe has been created to help support the family. Click here to donate.

This is a developing story. Check back later for more details.

Top: A photo of James Jaronczyk. (Credit: Facebook)