Body Of Brooklyn Teen Found On Riis Park Beach
Trevon Gidding, of Avenue B in Brooklyn came to the National Park Service-run beach on Sunday with his family, including his mother, his older cousin and younger brothers and sisters, according to police sources.
Gidding's 25-year-old cousin, Nzinga Bandele told police that she was in the waist-high water with Gidding and that she heard the lifeguard's whistle. She turned away from him for a minute to see what was going on. When she turned back, she said, Gidding was gone.
National Park Service lifeguard Bob Sorenson told police that he saw the youth struggling with a large wave. He went into the water after Gidding, but he was nowhere to be found.
According to published reports, Gidding's aunt, Sharon Clarke, Gidding did not know how to swim.
The disappearance of the 5-foot, 4- inch teen sparked a massive response by lifeguards, police and fire department divers and boats from the NYPD, FDNY, Coast Guard and U.S. Park Police.