FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens — A 19-year-old swimmer has died after he was pulled from the waters off Far Rockaway and taken away from the beach in an ambulance Wednesday, the first summer-like day of the season.
A call came in about 2:30 p.m. about a person in the water at the boardwalk and Beach 67th Street, an EMS spokesperson said. Passersby said a male went under the waves and never came back up.
FDNY divers responded and entered the water searching for the swimmer. It took rescuers 30 to 40 minutes to find him.
Chopper video from the scene showed the teen being taken out of the water and put into an ambulance while being given CPR.
He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced deceased, officials said.
The teen, who was not immediately identified by police, was a student at Newtown High School in Elmhurst, Queens.
Temperatures climbed into the upper 80s Wednesday, giving New Yorkers the first real taste of summer this season and undoubtedly drawing crowds to the shores.
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