First Responders In Massive Drive To Find Drowned Teen
NYPD,FDNY,Park Police,Coast Guard Join Search At Riis Park
By Howard Schwach
When the first calls came in to the 911 emergency phone bank at 4:52 p.m. on Sunday that an 18-year old teen was seen going under the water at Riis Park and had not surfaced, those calls triggered a massive response by the NYPD, FDNY, U.S. Park Police and the U.S. Coast Guard. In minutes, the first police and fire units were on scene and a police helicopter hovered overhead. The federal park beach was crowded on Sunday and a large number of bystanders stayed around to watch the unsuccessful rescue effort. See story on page 1. All photos by Howard Schwach and Doug Macleod. A police helicopter maintains station over the piece of water where the youth disappeared. SCUBA divers and officers on surf boards worked below the chopper. Under the concept of a unified command structure, police and fire officials confer on the search procedure. Police officers talk to friends and relatives of Brooklyn teen Trevon Gidding, who was reportedly taken out to sea by a rip current. A SCUBA team from the fire department searches for the missing youth. Police officers from the NYPD's Harbor unit were dropped off by helicopter and quickly entered the driving surf to look for the missing teen. Police and fire department boats work further out as SCUBA divers work the grids closer to the beach. United States Parks Police escort the family members to a secure place where they could not be bothered by onlookers and the press and where they could monitor the search efforts. An older cousin of the teenager who is missing from the Riis Park surf watches the rescue effort as NYPD and National Park Police ready their report. Eventually, boats from the police department, fire department, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Park Police worked the search effort.