2000-09-09 / Front Page

Man Drowns In Rough Waters

By Joan Ward George

Jesse Parker of the Bronx drowned at 5:30 p.m. on Labor Day when he and his fellow fisherman got caught up in a torrential downpour in the rough waters of Jamaica Bay beneath the Cross Bay bridge, near Beach 92 street.

According to Captain John Miller, of the 100 Precinct, Parker, 57, and a friend were fishing in the bay when the holiday’s treacherous storm hit. Miller said that the fishermen tried to take cover under the bridge by securing their 17-foot fishing boat physically to the bridge’s concrete stanchion by holding on with their hands since there is no place to tie up to the stanchion.

Witnesses to the drowning told police that Parker hit his head on the bridge abutment as the boat rocked violently and fell into the water, immediately being sucked into the strong current.

Parker’s buddy, Natale Albanese, 72, of Inwood, is credited with making desperate efforts to save him during the 25 to 30 minute time period before NYPD Air & Sea Rescue arrived on the scene.

Police divers pulled Parker’s body out of the bay within five minutes of their rescue attempt, according to Captain Miller, but it was too late. Parker was pronounced dead upon arrival at Peninsula Hospital Center. Natale was treated at the hospital for exposure and released.


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