Body Of Missing Man Recovered
The body of a Brooklyn man who was swimming on Monday evening at Riis Park, hours after the lifeguards went off duty, and was lost in the raging surf, was recovered near the same beach on Wednesday morning.
Anthony Bolden, 21, was swimming at the closed beach at about 8:20 p.m. on August 3, with his sister, Sabrina Hicks and a friend, Jacob Reid, when he saw his friend fighting the raging surf and rip currents in an attempt to get back to the beach.
"All three of us were in the water and Jacob started struggling," Hicks told reporters. "Anthony went to save him, but he didn't make it back. The water kept pulling him out."
Reid made it back to shore under his own power. A massive rescue operation was mounted, but by 10 p.m. all of the Coast Guard, New York Police Department and Fire Department rescue units at the scene had called it a day.
Bolden's uncle, Luther Bolden, was on the beach watching the recovery attempt on Tuesday and told The Wave that his nephew was an "excellent kid," who enjoyed going to the beach with his friends.
"This was the first time he ever went to Riis Park," Bolden said. "He always went to Rockaway Beach. He was an accomplished swimmer and he loved to stay out on the beach and have fun with his friends."
"He was only not coming back."
National Park Service officials said that Bolden's body was found at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday washed up on the beach at Bay 6 by workers cleaning the beach.