Water Sweeps Woman Away in Queens; Witness Tries to Save Her - NBC New York

Water Sweeps Woman Away in Queens; Witness Tries to Save Her

Crews searched for hours, but by nightfall the mission turned into a recovery effort

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    Search for Woman Lost in NYC Waters Turns Into Recovery

    A search for a woman who got swept away by the water off Far Rockaway turned into a recovery mission. Ida Siegal reports. (Published Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018)

    What to Know

    • A woman was swept away by the water in Queens, a witness says, who added that they tried to save her, but was unsuccessful

    • Crews started searching for the 35-year-old woman in Far Rockaway Sunday evening, but the rescue mission turned into a recovery by sunset

    • Residents said the neighborhood isn't a designated swim area and there is no lifeguard on duty, however, the water is usually calm

    Police went searching for a 35-year-old woman in the waters off Queens, the NYPD says, but as the sun went down the rescue mission turned into a recovery.

    The NYPD Marine Unit’s search started their search for the woman shortly after 5 p.m. at Bayswater Point State Park in Far Rockaway, police said.

    Police said the woman may have gotten swept out into the water by an unexpected wave as she was walking on the beach at low tide. 

    Someone saw the incident unfold and tried to rescue the woman, but wasn't able to, sources said. 

    Residents said the neighborhood isn't a designated swim area and there is no lifeguard on duty, however, the water is usually calm. 

    Crews searched for hours, but by nightfall the mission turned into a recovery effort. Police will likely resume the search Monday morning. 

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