Body of missing Filipino tourist found in Thailand

Arianne Apatan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 19 2019 10:50 PM

Noah “Twitt” Ibay II, one of the two Filipino tourists who went missing on a beach in Phuket, Thailand, was found lifeless in Freedom Beach on Friday, July 19.

COTABATO CITY - One of the two Filipino tourists who went missing on a beach in Phuket, Thailand was found lifeless Friday afternoon.

The body of Noah “Twitt” Ibay II was discovered by another tourist on Freedom Beach, two days after he and a companion were reported missing.

The information was confirmed by Ibay’s family and friends.

Ibay and Angelo Bien Rafael Cortez, were swept away by high waves on the beach Wednesday afternoon.

The two men were in Phuket for a vacation together with 11 others, including Cortez’s father.

A video of their group playing on the shoreline was taken minutes before the incident took place.

Cortez, a registered nurse, has yet to be found.

Search and rescue operations are ongoing.

Ibay's family declined to give a statement but asked for continued prayers and hopes that Cortez will be found as soon as possible.