2005-07-01 / Community

Drowned Boy’s Body Identified

By Howard Schwach

The Nassau County Medical Examiner has identified a body found floating off Jones Beach on Sunday as Jermaine Cohen, 15, who was lost in the raging surf off Beach 94 Street on June 5.

According to published reports, a fisherman spotted Cohen’s body floating about five miles off Jones Beach in the Atlantic Ocean. The Coast Guard was called to pick up the body and it was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Hempstead.

On Tuesday night, through dental records, officials there confirmed that it was indeed Cohen, said Deborah Finan, a spokesperson for the medical examiner. Cohen, who lived in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and was a sophomore at Automotive High School, was swept away from the beach by a rip current while swimming with friends a half hour after lifeguards went off duty.

When Cohen and three of his friends got into trouble in the water, Wade McDonald, 40, ran into the surf to help and was stricken with cardiac arrest. He died shortly after being pulled from the water.

The drowning brought a massive response of police, fire and EMS units. Divers from both the NYPD and FDNY spent hours in the water looking for Cohen’s body as helicopters hovered overhead. Sources say that Cohen’s funeral will be held at the David Layne and Floyd Gilmore Funeral Home on Remsen Avenue in Brooklyn on Saturday, July 2 at 9 a.m.

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