Patterson's Body Recovered In Long Beach
The body of Heyward "Winky" Patterson, who was lost in the surf near Beach 15 Street on August 12, was recovered on Sunday morning, August 16, when it washed up on a Long Beach (Long Island) private beach, officials say.
A spokesperson for the Nassau County medical examiner confirmed on Monday that the body was that of Patterson after the drowned man's family identified the body earlier in the day.
An autopsy was conducted on Monday and its findings confirmed that Patterson had drowned.
Officials said that Patterson, 40, of South Jamaica, his longtime girlfriend, Lisa Dean, and an unidentified friend went to the beach to cool off on a hot, sultry summer night.
Dean and the friend reportedly sat on the beach while Patterson decided to try to cool off by wading out about eight feet into the ocean.
"He was standing there in the water, talking to me," Dean told Daily News reporters Barry Paddock and Carrie Melago. "The next thing I know, he just went down. I heard him say, 'Help,' but I thought he was playing around. I was calling him and calling him, but he never came up."
Patterson was the fifth person to die in Rockaway waters this summer.
A sixth person, Jose-Luis Olivares, 36, of Ozone Park, died in the raging surf at Riis Park at 7 p.m. on August 14 while attempting to save his wife and young daughter.