2004-06-04 / Front Page

Boogie Boarder Rescued, Ticketed, Arrested

By Howard Schwach

Boogie Boarder Rescued, Ticketed, Arrested

By Howard Schwach

A local boogie boarder found himself in trouble in the icy surf off Beach 105 Street last Wednesday when his arms and legs began to cramp and he could not get back to shore. His luck held, however, when two lifeguards waiting to go on duty came to his rescue only to see him first ticketed by responding police and then arrested when an identity check revealed an old assault warrant in his name.

At 9:20 on Wednesday, forty minutes before lifeguards were due to go on duty, Tracy Tobin, 38, a Rockaway resident was seen struggling in the ocean, about 100 yards from shore. A passer-by went to the lifeguard shack and advised the two men sitting in the shack, waiting to go on duty, that there was somebody in distress.

Jose Salas, 41, and Norberto Ferrer, 42, both from Brooklyn, stripped off their clothes and ran into the icy water to pull Tobin to shore.

"He was complaining that he couldn’t kick anymore, that he was cramping," Ferrer told reporters.

Police officers from the 100 Precinct responding to the call of a man drowning, slapped Tobin with a $50 ticket for failing to obey the signs that say no swimming while lifeguards are not on duty.

Then the cops ran his name through the system and found that he had an outstanding warrant for assault. They arrested him on the warrant.

Tobin’s family, however, told Greg Gittrich of the Daily News that the warrant was dropped long ago.

A check with the Queens District Attorney revealed no warrant in Tobin’s name.


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