QUEENS (PIX11) — A man is fighting for his life after he was rescued from the water at Rockaway Beach and airlifted to the hospital on Thursday.

Police responded to a report of two people drowning near Beach 88th Street and Shorefront Parkway around 5 p.m. When officers arrived, both of them were out of the water, but one was unconscious and unresponsive.

He was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, according to police.

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