A woman was killed and a young man was seriously injured in a drowning accident in Queens on Saturday, June 15th. The two victims were swimming at Jacob Riis Park when the rough surf proved too much for them. A call was placed to the nearby 100th Precinct emergency services that there were swimmers in distress at the beach. Police found the two victims washed up on the sand and attempted CPR. EMTs from the FDNY rushed the victims to nearby St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. The man survived but was listed in critical condition. The woman was declared dead after arriving at the hospital.
Sadly, this isn’t the first fatal drowning accident in Queens along this stretch of beach. In 2015, a 6-year-old boy drowned in nearly the same location during a family beach party. Indeed, beaches in the Rockaways have a notorious reputation for being pounded by rough surf, high winds, and riptides.
According to official reports, the conditions at the beach in Jacob Riis Park weren’t suitable for swimming that day-with wave heights of 4 feet, winds of 20-30 miles per hour, and an active riptide warning all day long it was not safe for inexperienced individuals to be in the water that day.
The National Parks Service is in charge of providing lifeguards for that stretch of beach but only employs individuals between the hours of 10 AM and 6 PM. This fatal drowning accident in Queens happened just after 6. While swimmers are advised to stay out of the water when lifeguards are not present, it’s unclear whether bathers were adequately advised of the dangerous surf conditions which existed on that day.
If you’ve lost a loved one due to the misconduct, disregard, or carelessness of a lifeguard or the negligence of a pool or beach owner, you may be able to hold those individuals legally liable for your injuries. Contact an experienced New York City drowning accident lawyer to discuss your case today. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 right now.