1 drowns, 1 missing in Long Beach

July 25, 2008 8:55:15 PM PDT
Rescuers are searching for a man in the waters off of Long Island Friday night.The man was missing for several hours as of 11 p.m. A helicopter could be seen hovering over the Long Beach waters, still searching for the 18-year-old.

Friends and family have gathered on the boardwalk, saying they will stay until the search is called off.

Lifeguards bobbed in the rough waters in an all-out search for the teen. They formed a human chain as part of their search.

The teen's friend, a 22-year-old man, was pulled from the water earlier. He was pronounced dead at Long Beach Hospital.

"There was a big rip tide today," beachgoer Lucille Gianat said.

Police say three boys were hanging out in the water near Riverside Boulevard 15 minutes after the beach closed at 6 p.m.

"The problem is, people come down to the beach after 6 when there are no lifeguards," beachgoer Evelyn Farber said. "It's dangerous. We lost two kids last summer because of that."

Family members say the teen is a recent high school graduate. They say he was in the water with his cousin, who is from out of town.


STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Carolina Leid