12/27/2011 09:42 EST | Updated 02/26/2012 05:12 EST

Edmonton man drowns off the coast of Florida

A 26-year-old Edmonton man drowned off the coast of Florida on Christmas Day.

Surenda Sri Thakur and his cousin were swimming in the ocean at Avalon Beach on Sunday when they got caught in a riptide.

According to Sgt. Adam Goodner with the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office a surfer in the area was able to bring Thakur's cousin back to shore but was unable to locate Thakur.

Thakur's body was recovered Monday not far from where he went missing.

Thakur and his family were in Florida visiting relatives for the holidays.