3 people rescued from waters off Rockaway Beach in separate incidents

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ROCKAWAY BEACH, Queens — Three people were pulled from the choppy waters of Rockaway Beach Monday evening.

The first incident happened around 6:45 p.m., when a woman, 62, was caught in the rip tide. She was airlifted to Staten Island University Hospital North where she is in critical condition.

Just after 8 p.m., the FDNY and NYPD responded to a report of two people in distress in the water. A child was pulled from the water and flown in a helicopter to Staten Island University Hospital North. They are listed as being in critical condition. An adult was also rescued and taken to Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Hospital in an unknown condition.

One of the rescuing firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Rockaway Beach was under a rip current advisory until 9 p.m., with waves ranging from 4 to 6-feet.

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Doug Kahn contributed to this report.