New York – A 24-year-old boy drowned on a New York City beach that was closed to bathers to contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, while the large city is still preparing for a reopening in the first mid-June, according to local media reported this Saturday.
The man, identified as Fidel Ramírez, was bathing with two friends on the beach in Rockaway (Queens) on Friday when he was swept away by a strong current and had to be rescued by the emergency services, which took him to a hospital in the that his death could only be certified, the channel ABC7 collects.
Mayor Bill de Blasio echoed the event on his Twitter account, where he expressed his condolences to the young man’s family and friends but also recalled that swimming on the beaches of the Big Apple is prohibited during the COVID-19 crisis and emphasized that “it is not safe”, since there are not even vigilantes supervising the coast.RELATED
This l ong weekend, marked by the Memorial Day holiday that takes place on Monday, would have involved the start of the summer season and the opening of beaches to bathers, but the City Council only allows citizens to walk or sit while maintaining the social distance and wearing facial cover.
De Blasio added that the local authorities, who work to keep the COVID-19 indicators below maximum thresholds in order to pass to phase one of economic reopening, “do not want to put fences on the beaches” but will do so if necessary , and has deployed more police officers to monitor compliance.
We just lost a young man who got caught in a dangerous current in the Rockaways. Our hearts break for his family and his friends.
– Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 22, 2020
Other beaches in New York State and neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut have indeed opened, coinciding with the holidays, so their residents feared a massive influx of New Yorkers which, in all likelihood, has not occurred due to the expected rainy weather. throughout the day this Saturday.