2006-10-20 / Community

Fisherman's Body Pulled From Water

By Brian Magoolaghan

Police officer holds wallet containing fisherman's ID.Police officer holds wallet containing fisherman's ID.

The body of a Brooklyn fisherman was pulled from the ocean one week after he slipped from the Rockaway Point Jetty and disappeared, police said.

Police responded to Beach 222 Street in Breezy Point at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 15, after receiving a report of an unconscious person in the water. EMS responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene.

The body was later identified as Karl Heinzen, 21, a Park Slope, Brooklyn resident and college student who disappeared October 8 after a wave washed him off of the Rockaway Point Jetty.

The Chief Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy on Heinzen, police said.

Police recovered Henizen's wallet from his clothing and he was not wearing the hip waders that he had on when he fell into the ocean, sources said. The waders are believed to have filled with water - dooming his attempt to swim to safety.

Heinzen's father and fishing partner, Jerome, 59, tried to save his son but was prevented by the waves. A nearby fishing boat, The Dorothy B. VIII, also tried to rescue Heinzen by throwing him a lifeline which he was unable to grab. The incident sparked a major response by emergency workers who searched for the missing fisherman from the land, sea and air.

A sign at the jetty, which has been the scene of fatalities and dramatic rescues before, warns people to "exercise extreme caution" because "people have been seriously injured or have died at this location." It also warns that the "rocks are uneven and slippery" and that "high tides, storms or other conditions result in over wash of the rocks."

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