2009-08-14 / Top Stories

Two More Water Rescues Last Week

By Nicholas Briano

Contributing to a week that saw several drowning and water rescues along the Rockaway shorelines, New York City Department of Parks and Recrea-tion has informed The Wave of two additional rescues early last week.

According to Parks, on Monday, August 3, at Beach 117 Street at 6:30 p.m., when lifeguards were not on duty, a Parks Enforcement Patrol officer repeatedly asked an adult male in his 20s, who had entered the water, to stay out. However, each time the officer walked away the man insisted on going back in the water. The officer advised his supervisor and continued to monitor the man who later re-entered the water and began struggling in the currents. Parks officials were able to get the attention of an off duty lifeguard, who then jumped into the water and saved the drowning individual. He was transported to Peninsula Hospital Center, but was conscious and breathing.

The following day, two Parks officers observed a 45-year-old female who appeared distraught and was walking along the boardwalk at approximately 2 p.m. near Beach 114 Street, a closed section of beach. The woman ran screaming into the water and two officers and one civilian helped take her out of the water. Lifeguards also responded when they saw her in the water, about ankle deep. She was transported to Peninsula Hospital Center as a precaution, Parks officials said.

Parks representative Trish Bertuccio reminds Rockaway swimmers to stay out of the water when there is no lifeguard on duty, do not rely on floatation devices, and remember to watch children at all times and do not drink alcohol and go swimming.

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