A Far Rockaway teen is missing after he went on a late Saturday afternoon stroll with friends at Rockaway Beach.
The New York Post reports 17-year-old Lamine Sarr was pulled out to sea after he and his friends took a stroll in the water on Beach 86th Street around 5 p.m. Saturday. His friends attempted to save him from the rough waves but were unsuccessful. NYPD divers arrived at the scene moments after the teen was reported missing but had to stop rescue efforts due to the strong currents in the water.
A friend of the boys, Ezra Cummings, said Lamine and his friends never entered the water below their waist but complained that they could not feel their legs.
“After a little while they couldn’t feel their feet touching the ground, they turned around, and Lamine wasn’t there.”
According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the risk for riptides was rated “high” and declared “dangerous and potentially life-threatening conditions … for all people entering the surf” on Saturday.
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Sarr’s father, Mamadou, believes his son did not survive after being pulled by the riptide. His wife believes their youngest son could be alive.
“Alive? No. Because yesterday it happened in the sea,
“This is very difficult to bear, I was crying for a long time.”
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Lamine attended Channel View School for Research and had plans to sign up for the Marines or enroll in college after graduation and looked forward to prom. He played the saxophone and drums for his school band.
There were no lifeguards on duty due to the beach season ending on Sept. 9 and Rockaway Beach advises visitors not to enter the water without a lifeguard on duty.