Body of missing man caught in rip at Eyre Peninsula beach found after four-day search

South Australian police have found the body of a missing man who was caught in a rip in waters off the state’s Eyre Peninsula on Friday. 

Dan Cojocea, 43, was with family and friends on Friday afternoon when he got caught in the rip at Mary Ellis Beach, south-west of Port Lincoln. 

Six other people, including four children, were also caught in the rip, but were able to be rescued by emergency services. 

The four children were treated in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

However, at the time police said the Roxby Downs man was unable to get to shore.

Police and the State Emergency Service (SES) launched a significant aerial and ocean search involving a plane, police helicopter, drones and water craft.

Following the four-day operation, police today confirmed Mr Cojocea’s body was found on a beach nearby just before 8:30am. 

“There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and police are preparing a report for the coroner,” a police spokesperson said.

“Police would like to thank all persons who assisted in the search.”


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