VIDEO: 1 dead after strong current pulls in 3 swimmers at Rockaway Beach

Kimberly Dole
May 22, 2020 - 4:41 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Officials on Friday afternoon pulled out a man who drowned after he went swimming with two others at Rockaway Beach. 

According to officials, just before 3 p.m. three men in their 20s got pulled in by a current that got too strong near Rockaway Freeway and Beach 86th Street.


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Two of the men were able to help pull each other out, but the third swimmer was pulled under.

Air units were sent en route to assist with the rescue.

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Officials pulled the third person from the water near Beach 92nd Street and Shore Front Parkway and transported him to St. John's Episcopal Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

New York City beaches are currently closed amid the coronavirus.

"We just lost a young man who got caught in a dangerous current in the Rockaways," Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted. "Our hearts break for his family and his friends."

"I need every New Yorker to heed the warning: there’s NO swimming on our beaches during this crisis. It is NOT safe," he added. "We don’t want want to fence off the beaches but we will if we have to. "

De Blasio also said there will be additional NYPD and Parks staff walking the beaches this weekend to keep New Yorkers safe.