Two 13-year-old boys drowned within the Jamaica Bay Friday when a sandbar they have been standing on was hit by water and collapsed, police mentioned.
Rescue swimmers responded to a name a few potential drowning at 121st Avenue and Newport Avenue within the Rockaways shortly earlier than midday Friday, in accordance with the town hearth division (FDNY). The boys, who have been with a bunch of associates, have been transported to Jamaica Hospital in crucial situation and later died, police mentioned. Police mentioned there have been no different victims.
The incident occurred on the bay facet of the Rockaways, on Nationwide Parks Service land. The division mentioned the youngsters have been close to the North Channel Bridge parking zone, the place no lifeguards are stationed.
The deaths come simply weeks after the town Parks Division introduced a stretch of seashore on the ocean facet of the Rockaways could be closed by mid-July to fight erosion. Swimming is presently prohibited between Seashore 86th Avenue and Seashore 116th Avenue. Many have criticized the choice, together with lifeguards who nervous folks would come anyway and swim unsupervised.