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Another drowning in the Rockaways

August 15, 2009 7:17:37 PM PDT
It has been a deadly summer at New York City's Rockaway beaches. The strong currents off the seaside community in Queens have claimed six lives this summer in the Rockaways.

The latest to die was a Jose Olivares, a New York City man who raced into the water Friday at Jacob Riis Park to help save his wife and 8-year-old daughter.

They made it out, but he was not so lucky.

"They were swimming and there were no lifeguards present and this is what happens. Unfortunately, this is the turn of it and it's the most horrible thing in the world," victim's boss Johnny Kiamos said.

Jose's family the day started out absolutely fine -- his daughter Stephanie was doing tricks in the water.

"My dad was a nice guy. When he was at the shore, he came to get me because I was trying to learn all the new tricks that I learned," said Stephanie.

Jose's death is the sixth drowning this summer.

Since June, New Yorkers have seen swimmers, both young and old, succumb to the danger.

On Wednesday a 40-year-old man disappeared while swimming in the same area. On Aug. 6 a 21-year-old man drowned in a rip current.

In Jose's case, his family says he was a great man and lovely father of two children. There was his daughter Stephanie and he also had a 2-year-old son.

Authorities with the National Parks services say his death really is a sad example of why you should not be swimming in the water past 6:00 p.m.

The Olivares family was out in the water just after 7:00 p.m.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick


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