FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens (PIX11) — Authorities are searching for a man who vanished in the waters off Far Rockaway Monday morning, according to officials and a law enforcement source.
The man was with a group of friends when he swam out and disappeared, the source said. Police said they got a report of a possible drowning near Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 17 Street at around 2 a.m.
The 25-year-old swimmer was possibly drinking while hanging out with his friends at the beach, according to the man’s uncle. The group jumped into the water but he never made it out, the uncle said. The man was seen yelling for help, police said.
FDNY marine and land units conducted the initial search before the NYPD took over.
Several NYPD officers, boats, and helicopters were searching for the man while his worried family gathered on the beach, according to a PIX11 News video of the scene. The missing man’s mother was seen crying, the footage shows.
More information will be posted when available.
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