Brooklyn Man Dies At Rockaway Beach Ahead Of Summer Season

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A 24-year-old Brooklyn man died within the waters of Rockaway Beach Friday afternoon close to a rock jetty by Beach 91st Road, police stated.

Fidel Ramirez, of Sheepshead Bay, was taken to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Queens the place he was pronounced lifeless.

AMNY reported that in line with witnesses, “the sufferer apparently hit his head on the rocky jetty and disappeared from view. His two buddies tried to search out him, however have been enveloped by the waves themselves and needed to be rescued.”

Mayor Invoice de Blasio–who not too long ago introduced that seashores wouldn’t open for the Memorial Days weekend due to the pandemic– tweeted that Ramirez appeared to have been swept away by “a harmful present.”

Town’s seaside season historically begins the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, so even in a standard 12 months lifeguards wouldn’t have been posted at Rockaway Beach but when Ramirez died. He and his buddies have been in a closed part that was marked with crimson flags, indicating that situations didn’t enable for swimming, in line with pictures and pictures of the scene.

Town’s shores have been the topic of competition as de Blasio has struggled to discover a stability between social distancing to curb the coronavirus pandemic and permitting New Yorkers to hunt aid on the metropolis seashores. Regardless of Governor Andrew Cuomo granting localities permission to open seashores in time for Memorial Day, town has no plans to alter that within the “close to time period,” in line with the mayor.

After suggesting final week that seashores may very well be fenced off totally, the mayor now says it’s “superb” for New Yorkers to take a seat within the sand — offered they don’t swim, barbecue, play sports activities, use public transit to get there, or congregate. De Blasio has stated that NYPD officers and Parks Division police will likely be out implementing the principles, together with bodily eradicating swimmers from the ocean.

The blended messaging has pissed off Councilman Eric Ulrich, who represents the world the place Ramirez died. He known as on town to organize lifeguards to employees seashores as quickly as doable as a result of folks will proceed to defy warnings to not enter the water.

“I believe that this tragedy needs to be a warning for the long run as a result of lifeguards simply began coaching. The mayor very prematurely determined a number of weeks in the past that they have been going to shut the seashores in New York Metropolis,” Ulrich stated in a telephone interview Saturday.

“It is very troublesome to maintain folks off the sand and out of the water, and the mayor’s folks know that, and the parks division is aware of that,” he added. “This concept that they’ll shut seashores and simply enable folks to have these summer season strolls alongside the sand, it is simply not sensible.”

In the meantime, state Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, whose district covers Rockaway Beach, stated she witnessed the rescue efforts and posted a Fb video from the seaside pleading folks to steer clear of the water:

“Once more, the seashores are closed in New York Metropolis. There isn’t any swimming, do not even go to your ankles, let’s simply play it sensible,” she stated. “Perhaps by June the seashores will likely be totally open with our lifeguards, however it is a warning of what can occur even strolling on the rocks and slipping and getting caught within the currents.”

Lifeguards are being educated now for a future opening — the New York Occasions reported that “Metropolis lifeguards have been known as into swimming pools for his or her annual coaching and testing, stated Henry Garrido of the lifeguards’ union, District Council 37. “They’re being educated to get able to open the seaside early in June,” Mr. Garrido stated.”

De Blasio additionally reminded New Yorkers that fencing off the seashores stays an possibility:

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