It was just over one week ago that a Sea Tow captain and his boat went missing.
"We've been living a nightmare since last Tuesday."
It's been an emotional week for the family of 34-year-old David McAuliffe, but now they say they are on the road to recovery.
"I don't think that the family would have been able to stand it much longer," said David's Aunt, Chris Dziena.
Around 6:00 on Wednesday morning, Ocean City Public Works employees discovered McAuliffe's body on the beach at 25th Street.
McAuliffe went missing on Tuesday after his boat the "Cape Hattaeras" sank in the Great Egg Harbor Inlet.
Judy Mauer saw the early morning police action, from her Ocean City home.
"It was just heart wrenching to watch the reaction of his wife on TV the other day. It didn't just seem to have an end until his body had been located."
McAuliffe's wife, Lynsey McAuliffe spoke to us earlier in the week, but she said the new developments were too much for her to speak again. This is what she had to say on Tuesday about bringing her husband's body home.
"It is very important to our family that he is brought home to our family and is given the honor and dignity that he deserves."
Lynsey McAuliffe says that the propellers on the boat were shredded and bent and would have left McAuliffe with no way to steer the vessel.
The United States Coast Guard is continuing to investigate what happened on the water but is not releasing any information until that investigation is complete.
State Police say an autopsy revealed McAuliffe's death to be accidental drowning.
A fund has been put together to help support McAuliffe's family.
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