2010-07-09 / Front Page

Body Of Brooklyn Youth Recovered Saturday

By Nicholas Briano
The body that washed up on a Riis Park beach Saturday night has been identified as that of a 14-year-old Mill Basin boy who was washed off a sand bar by a raging rip current on Tuesday evening, according to the city’s medical examiner.

The covered body of Scott Mcleish lies on the Riis Park Beach after it was recovered from the surf on Saturday night. Photo by Chris Kalisak. The covered body of Scott Mcleish lies on the Riis Park Beach after it was recovered from the surf on Saturday night. Photo by Chris Kalisak. Park police and NYPD officers recovered the body of Scott McLeish at about 8 p.m. on Saturday, after it had been spotted floating just off shore.

A spokesperson for the medical examiner said that an autopsy showed that McLeish died as the result of an accidental drowning.

McLeish and two friends were still in the water long after the lifeguards went off duty at 6 p.m., his friends say.

“We were jumping over the waves and having a good time, when a tall wave pulled us under,” said Dervon Humphrey, 16, who was with McLeish in the water. “I don’t think he knew how to swim, but he wanted to go into the water with the rest of us. I was trying to hold him up, but the waves pulled him out. He was screaming for help.”

On Tuesday evening, an NYPD search and rescue copter works off the Riis Park beach as firefighters on surfboards work closer in. The body of the 14-year-old Brooklyn youth was recovered on Saturday evening, when it was spotted floating just off the Riis Park shoreline. On Tuesday evening, an NYPD search and rescue copter works off the Riis Park beach as firefighters on surfboards work closer in. The body of the 14-year-old Brooklyn youth was recovered on Saturday evening, when it was spotted floating just off the Riis Park shoreline. Several people on the beach, including one park ranger, shed their clothing and jumped into the water in an attempt to rescue the young man.

“He went under and then came up choking. Then, he went down again and he was further out. [The rescuers] just could not reach him. He just kept coming up and yelling for help and then going under again,” one young woman on the beach, who declined to give her name, told a Wave reporter.

Fire department rescue swimmers and the NYPD aviation unit quickly responded and set up search grids in the fast-moving surf.

By dark, however, they still were not able to find the missing youth and the search was suspended until Wednesday morning.

The search turned into a recovery effort and was then called off on Wednesday evening.

McLeish’s drowning was the first of the year on the Rockaway peninsula. Last year, there were seven waterrelated deaths along the Rockaway shoreline.

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