Body of L.I. Teacher Found in Indonesia

Thursday, Jul 28, 2011  |  Updated 11:20 AM EDT
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Body of L.I. Teacher Found in Indonesia

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The Long Island high school teacher who disappeared while surfing in Indonesia over the weekend was found dead Thursday.

The body of 32-year-old Danny Bobis was found Thursday morning in the waters off Sumatra island, the New York Post reported, citing state-run Antara news agency reports.

A friend of the Bobis family, Jamie Imerese, said on Facebook the family was notified Wednesday night that a body was found up the coast by fishermen.

"They immediately traveled together in hopes that it was a coincidence. It was not," said Imerese. "They positively identified Danny."

His body was taken to a hospital for autopsy and will be cremated in the provincial capital of Bandar Lampung at his family's request, the Post said.

Bobis was on a six-week remote-island vacation with his wife and another friend. He was riding 12-foot waves when he disappeared at about 9 a.m. local time Sunday.

Bobis was a math teacher, a mentor for kids in his Long Beach community, and the co-founder of the Long Beach Surfer's Association. He coached the state's only high-school surf team.

A memorial page for Bobis has been set up on Facebook.

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