2009-05-08 / Top Stories

Scuba Diver Down On Beach 135 Street

By Howard Schwach

Block is carried off the beach to a waiting ambulance. Officials say that he was treated and released at the Peninsula Hospital Center. Block is carried off the beach to a waiting ambulance. Officials say that he was treated and released at the Peninsula Hospital Center. A man Scuba diving with a friend off the shore of Beach 135 Street in Belle Harbor on Sunday found himself unable to move any longer and had to be dragged from the surf, police say.

Belle Harbor resident Jacob Block and his unidentified partner were enjoying the diving on a rainy, windy day when Block began to have trouble moving in the icy water.

According to police, Block swallowed large amounts of water and lost control of his body movements.

His diving partner pulled him from the water and called for help.

Onlookers say that they believed that Block had suffered a minor stroke, but officials declined to either confirm or deny that report.

Block was conscious and speaking when rescue workers arrived.

Emergency workers quickly responded to the scene and stabilized Block on the beach before transporting him to the Peninsula Hospital Center, where he was reportedly treated and released.

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