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Teens drown in rockaways after swimming in off-limits areas

A 16-year-old and an 18-year-old drowned in separate incidents while swimming in the Rockaways on Friday, officials and sources said.

A boy who was swimming at 100th Street Beach was pulled from the water by FDNY responders with assistance from the NYC Parks Parks Enforcement Patrol, the city’s parks authority said.

A girl was pulled from the water by civilians on 108th Street Beach.

Both were taken to a local hospital, where they were pronounced dead, authorities said.

The teens had been swimming in restricted areas, park officials said. They were also in the water after 6pm when lifeguards leave for the day.

Teens are drowning in Rockaways
The restricted sections of Rockaway Beach are marked with signs and red flags.
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“We are heartbroken by these unfortunate deaths,” the Parks Department said.

“This is a painful reminder that New Yorkers should never enter the water in closed sections of our shoreline where lifeguards are not present. We are imploring New Yorkers to only swim in open sections and when lifeguards are on duty.”

Closed sections of Rockaway Beach are marked with signs and red flags.

https://nypost.com/2022/06/17/teens-drowned-in-rockaways-after-swimming-in-prohibited-areas/ Teens drown in rockaways after swimming in off-limits areas

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