Young cop pulls woman from surf

Cops, firefighters and onlookers line beachfront at Beach 94 Street after a young cop assigned to the Rockaway Summer Detail pulled a drowning woman from the surf.

The rescued woman is transported to an ambulance by EMS workers.

A police officer assigned to Rockaway’s summer detail stripped off his uniform and gun and plunged into the raging surf at Beach 94 Street on Monday night, saving the life of a woman who was drowning about 50 yards off shore as well as an onlooker who tried to save her.

Police say that William Lauria, 23, an NYPD cop regularly assigned to the 105 Precinct in Jamaica, noticed the woman in distress in the water at about 7:45 p.m., nearly two hours after the lifeguards had gone off duty. Lauria was on his normal patrol along the boardwalk when the saw the unidentified Staten Island woman, 25, struggling in the water.

He told reporters later that he ran down the boardwalk, stripped down to his shorts and dove in. Lauria had been a long-time lifeguard for the Town of Hempstead, police officials said.

He was able to help the struggling woman to shore, at the same time corralling a Good Samaritan who had jumped into the surf to try and save the woman.

“The man who initially tried to save the young woman was initially swept further out that her,” Lauria said. He asked a nearby surfer to use his board to help in rescuing the man.

Lauria has been on the job for about a year and a half and comes from a family of police officers, he said.


Woman in labor taken by NYPD units from rocking fishing boat off Riis Park


Two NYPD choppers responded to a call of a woman in labor two miles off Riis Park, but the water was too choppy for a safe chopper rescue, so a launch came along side and took her and her family to safety and a hospital in Brooklyn.

A woman in the throes of heavy labor was pulled from a large charter fishing boat approximately two miles south of Riis Park with the help of both a police department copter and a launch and was transported to a hospital where she delivered safely, police sources say.

According to police sources, at approximately 2:55 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, emergency services received a call for assistance for a pregnant female in the early stages of birth on board a 65′ charter fishing boat in heavy waves on the Atlantic Ocean.

The NYPD Aviation Unit immediately launched two helicopters from Floyd Bennett Field, and were overhead the vessel at 3:05 p.m., about ten minutes after the first call.

An Emergency Service Unit tactical medic jumped into the raging sea from one of the helicopters and helped the unidentified woman.

Police say that the sea was running so high that it was impossible to safely hoist her into the helicopter.

The female and her family were then placed onboard Harbor Adam, an NYPD Harbor unit vessel that had pulled alongside the fishing boat.

The aided female was then taken to the Kingsborough Community College dock in Manhattan Beach, where EMS transported her to Maimonides Medical Center in stable condition.

Another ocean rescue for NYPD Aviation Unit and again way after lifeguards went off duty


An NYPD Aviation Unit helicopter earlier this week in an ocean rescue off the shores of Riis Beach. On Thursday night, Aviation units rescued a man in the raging ocean off the beach at Beach 59 Street.

Another water rescue, the third involving the NYPD and FDNY in the past several days.

Police sources say that the 911 Emergency system was called at 6:57 p.m. on Thursday night, about an hour after the lifeguards had gone off duty. The call said that there was a man in trouble in the ocean off Beach 59 Street.

NYPD Harbor and Aviation units were requested.

The copter got there less than five minutes after the call and divers were once again put into the water, grabbing the errant male swimmer, who was about 200 yards off shore in the gathering darkness.

The FDNYs Marine Three boat also responded to the scene, along with the NYPDs Harbor Adam.

The divers brought the man out of the water at about 7:09 p.m. and turned him over to EMS units on the scene, but there is no word of his condition at press time.

NYPD Scuba team jumps from copter, pulls errant 72-year-old Riis Beach swimmer from raging surf


On Monday night, NYPD Scuba diver jumps from helicopter, assists in pulling 72-year-old man from the surf off Riis Beach.


The unidentified swimmer walked to the EMS ambulance assisted by an EMT and a fire officer. He refused medical attention.


The two NYPD officers who jumped from the copter to make the rescue on the beach after the swimmer was pulled from the water.

A 72-year-old man who was in distress in the raging surf off Riis Beach was pulled from the water with the assistance of two NYPD Scuba divers who jumped from their helicopter just after 7 p.m. on Monday night.

Police from the 100 Precinct and the Federal Park Police were called at about 7:13 p.m. on August 29 when some beachgoers noticed the man flailing around the water about 100 yards from shore, officials said.

Two off-duty lifeguards attempted to pull him to shore, but the surf was moving out to sea and they were unsuccessful.

At about 7:19, two NYPD divers went into the water from Aviation 14, grabbing the man and assisting him and the two lifeguard in getting to shore.

The unidentified man walked to an EMS ambulance for a check-up, but he refused medical assistance and was released.


Rockaway battalion chief, firefighter get assist in Riis Park water rescue

Riis Park

A Rockaway Battalion Chief and a firefighter, both off duty on Saturday, raced into the waves off Riis Park beach to save four errant swimmers.

Fire Department Chief Mike McGrath is often in Rockaway, directing his Battalion 47 firefighters at peninsula fires.

On Saturday, however, McGrath was off-duty and at Riis Park when he and one of his firefighters, William Felten, teamed to rescue four swimmers in choppy waters off Jacob Riis Park at the western end of the Rockaway peninsula, an FDNY spokesman said.

The rescue started when two swimmers were having trouble making it back to shore off the beach at around 5:30 p.m., just prior to the lifeguards going off duty, the spokesman said. Two good Samaritans who were on the beach jumped in, but were also unable to make it back to shore.

That’s when McGrath, a 37-year veteran, and firefighter William Felten, a 13-year veteran, who were both at the beach, sprang into action.

The pair, along with three lifeguards were able to pull the four swimmers to safety through the rough waters, the spokesman said. None of the swimmers rescued by the team of firefighters and lifeguards were hurt, sources said and all four refused medical attention.


Fire Department Marine 3 unit pulls errant swimmer from waters of Jamaica Bay

Marine 3


The fire department’s Marine 3 Unit responded to Jamaica Bay and pulled a swimmer from the waters about 400 yards off the shore.

Wharf building

The man pulled from the water was alert and conscious when he was pulled from the water. He was transported to the dock at the Wharf restaurant on Beach 116 Street, where he reportedly refused medical attention from an ambulance awaiting him there.

An unidentified man was pulled from the water of Jamaica Bay by the fire department on Monday evening after being noticed by passers-by on Beach Channel Drive.

Fire Department sources say the first call came in to the 911 emergency system about 6:52 p.m. on June 27, stating that a man was in the water about 400 yards off the bay wall between Beach 121 and Beach 127 Streets. The report said that the man was struggling to remain afloat.

NYPD helicopters from Floyd Bennett Field and FDNY Marine Unit 3, which is stationed at Sheepshead Bay responded.

The man was pulled from the water at about 7:03 p.m. by Marine 3. He was transported to the Wharf Restaurant, which has a dock at Beach 116 Street, where he was met by an EMS ambulance. Fire sources say he was alert and conscious when he was pulled from the water and that he refused medical attention.

Police copter plucks errant water craft rider to safety after he goes into Jamaica Bay

Federal Parks boat

A fast boat from the U.S. Parks Police on Jamaica Bay shortly after a police helicopter lifted an errant water craft rider out of the bay.

A police helicopter rushed from Floyd Bennett Field to Jamaica Bay right off Beach 121 Street to pluck an errant jet skier from the choppy waters to safety.

Police say that the jet ski rider was spotted in the water about 5:18 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

NYPD copters and harbor units home-ported at Howard Beach responded, as did the United State Parks Police fast boat at Fort Tilden.

The victim was quickly found and hoisted into the helicopter aided by a police scuba diver at 5:27 p.m.

Police sources say he was awake and aware when he was flown back to Floyd Bennett Field for transfer to an EMS ambulance.

Teen succumbs to injuries after he was submerged for 40 minutes at Beach 67 Street; may have ditched school


Police copters circle the area, looking for the submerged teen at Beach 67 Street on Wednesday afternoon. Photos by Doug McLeod.


Friends who were swimming with the teen point out the spot where he went under. Sources say that the teens may have been cutting school for a day on the beach. Eyewitnesses say that the teens had been drinking prior to the accident.


NYPD and FDNY divers worked the scene. Pictured, a group of firefighters lift the victim from the ocean on a body board.


Firefighters from Ladder 134 went into the water and found the unconscious teen about 40 minutes after he was reported under the water.


Cops, firefighters and EMT’s rush the victim to an ambulance for transport to SJEH.

An unidentified 19-year-old man succumbed to injuries  and was declared dead on Wednesday  shortly arriving by EMS ambulance at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway after he was reported missing off a jetty at Beach 67 Street and the Atlantic Ocean at 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.

According to police sources, another teen called the 911 emergency system at 2:51, stating that an intoxicated man had entered the water and did not surface. Several eyewitnesses told responding police and fire units that they had seen the man in the water.

The police said that a 17-year-old teen, who swimming with the victim prior to the accident was in the water as well, but managed to get himself out of the ocean. The two, reportedly from central Queens, were enjoying a day at the beach with a group of friends when he disappeared under the waves.

In a related story, police said that they stopped numerous buses and trains heading for Rockaway on the annual “Senior Cut Day.” Apparently, the teens made it through the blockade.

About 3:39 p.m., after a water search by both police and fire units, the man was pulled from the ocean by firefighters from Ladder 134, often called “The Big House,” because it houses two engines as well as Ladder 134, located at 16-15 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway.

The victim was reported as unresponsive and unconscious. Emergency medical workers did CPR on the victim with no response, eyewitnesses said.

He was transported to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway in critical condition. He was declared dead on arrival shortly thereafter, sources said.




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