The body of a former Olathe resident was recovered Thursday in Thailand, where he drowned during a study-abroad program.
Joshua Shane, 21, went for a night swim Tuesday with others from his group of Arizona State University students on Phuket Island. Strong currents pulled him and another student underwater. The other student reportedly was treated at a hospital and released.
Shane graduated from Olathe South High School in 2009. He was a junior majoring in sustainability at Arizona State.
The family issued this statement to The Star’s reporting partner, KCTV5:
“Joshua is a beautiful soul and was truly at his best while traveling & exploring. He was passionate about international social justice and global sustainability. He was here to make the world a better place. We would like to thank those involved including the people of Thailand and Arizona State University for their dedication and compassion during this difficult time. We will continue to be inspired by Joshua’s life & appreciate the outpouring of support and prayer.”
The Phuket Gazette reported Thursday that nobody from Shane’s group noticed the red flags that warned of dangerous conditions at the marked swimming area. Shane’s body was found in pounding surf at the beach, the newspaper reported.
Julie Newberg, an Arizona State spokeswoman, said school officials would provide counseling services to classmates and others who may be affected by Shane’s death.
“ASU is deeply saddened and we offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Joshua Shane,” Newberg said.