2008-06-27 / Top Stories

Busted For Dip On Unguarded Beach

By Howard Schwach

Rockaway resident Anthony Diciervo says that he wanted only to beat the heat when he dipped his toes into the Atlantic Ocean at Beach 124 Street two weeks ago.

Instead, he wound up having to spend some time at the 100 Precinct house and now faces charges of ignoring beach signs that warn that no swimming is allowed when a lifeguard is not present and ignoring the explicit orders of parks enforcement police to get out of the water.

Diciervo told Daily News reporter Brendan Brosh that he couldn't believe that the parks enforcement officers were giving him grief simply for strolling in the surf, especially since there were a number of fisherman casting their lines from the surf as well.

Diciervo admits that he was not too smart in waving the two officers away when they told him to get out of the water.

"I just waved them off," he told Brosh. "I didn't have ID in my pocket. I was wearing a bathing suit and live only a block from the beach - so they arrested me."

He was taken to the 100 Precinct station house in plastic handcuffs by the PEP officers, where he was held until his family appeared with his identification.

Police officials say that the arrest situation is standard when a person cannot provide an identification.

Parks officials told The Wave that their personnel were only obeying the law.

"As there was no lifeguard on duty, the [beach] was closed to both swimming and wading," a Parks Department spokesperson said. Officers repeatedly requested that he get out of the water, but he refused to do so."

Diciervo was issued a summons to appear and court and was released. He says that he will fight the summons.

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