Qadir Shah

The body of drowned hiker Qadir Shah has been found.

According to Jose Young, one of the men who rallied citizens to help in the search for Shah, confirmed the news around 4.30 pm on Thursday.

Young said Shah’s body was first sighted close to the Turtle Rock area, where he got into difficulties and drowned last Saturday shortly after noon.

Shah was among a group of 15 hikers who went to Turtle Rock last Saturday. The group was in the water when they got into difficulties. A fisherman who was nearby managed to rescue 14 members of the group but Shah was said to be in waters that were too choppy for the fisherman to venture into.

Since then, there have been massive search efforts, with National Security helicopters, drones, fishing boats and private citizens scouring the beaches along the North Coast.

Thirty-year-old Shah lived in Freeport.