Body of missing 18-year-old British snorkeler found off Newport Beach coast

The body of an 18-year-old British tourist who has been missing since July 1 was recovered earlier this week off the Newport Beach coast, authorities said Friday. The Newport Pier is shown in an undated photo.
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The body of an 18-year-old British tourist who went missing July 1 while snorkeling by the Newport Pier has been recovered, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities confirmed Friday that Christopher Nguyen’s body was found earlier in the week about 300 yards off the Newport Beach coast.

Nguyen was reportedly celebrating his 18th birthday the morning he went missing.

Newport Beach lifeguards received a report Tuesday of a body in the ocean off 28th Street, according to Battalion Chief Brian O’Rourke. A Sheriff’s Department helicopter crew responded and spotted Nguyen’s body floating offshore.


Two sheriff’s Harbor Patrol boats assisted in recovering the body, O’Rourke said.

Langhorne is a contributor to Times Community News. Times Community News staff writer Julia Sclafani contributed to this report.

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