The man’s body found in Barnegat Bay has been identified as the coast guardsman who fell off a boat Saturday evening.

Sgt. Brian Polite, a State Police spokesman, said Nicholas Holmes’ death was ruled accidental, and an autopsy determined that the cause of death was asphyxia.

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Holmes, 25, of the Lanoka Harbor section of Lacey Township, fell off a 23-foot power boat Saturday evening along with another man when the boat hit a wake, police said. The other man surfaced and was pulled from the water, but Holmes did not surface. He was not wearing a life jacket.

Holmes was an active-duty Coast Guard member based at the air station in Egg Harbor Township, Coast Guard officials said.

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