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Man pulled from surf at Rockaway Beach pronounced dead: NYPD
Man pulled from surf at Rockaway Beach pronounced dead: NYPD

Jul. 22, 2024 By Bill Parry

A man in his 30s was pulled from the surf in Rockaway Beach early Monday morning in what is believed to be the fifth drowning at a New York City beach already this summer.

Police from the 100th Precinct in Rockaway Beach responded to Beach 96th Street at the boardwalk after a 911 call was phoned in by bystanders who noticed the victim in the ocean at 12:30 a.m. on July 22. First responders found him unconscious and unresponsive and tried to resuscitate him on the beach but were unsuccessful. EMS transported the victim to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway where he was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death, but a source familiar with the investigation told the man is believed to have drowned and his death was not considered suspicious.

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James secured a 625-count indictment charging five men for participating in the gun smuggling ring, which involved selling dozens of ghost guns, assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

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