Report Of Missing Surfer Brings Emergency Response
Shortly after two swimmers were pulled from the raging surf by lifeguards on Beach 91 Street on Tuesday at about 5 p.m., a witness (pictured) told lifeguards that a surfer was in trouble about 200 yards from the beach at Beach 90 Street. Lifeguards saw something in the water and determined that the person was too far from shore for a beach rescue, calling in police department harbor and aviation units for assistance. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg. Fire department and police launches join the search. A rescue diver stands in the door of a police helicopter, ready to go into the water at the first sign of the missing surfer. First responders from the Parks Department, FDNY, NYPD and Office of Emergency Management crowd the beach. Captain Thomas Barrett, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, confers with a fire department officer during the search. About 6:30 the search was called off when it was determined that the surfer had come ashore further west and gone home. Onlookers spread along the beachfront and the boardwalk as the search and rescue drama unfolded in the ocean. Lifeguards wait on the beach at Beach 90th Street for orders to hit the water and become part of the search. Firefighters and EMTs line the boardwalk waiting for the missing surfer to be found. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg.