Queens man drowns in Greenwood Lake

Queens man drowns in Greenwood Lake

There are 8 comments on the Recordonline.com - The Times Herald-Record story from Jul 19, 2010, titled Queens man drowns in Greenwood Lake. In it, Recordonline.com - The Times Herald-Record reports that:

A Queens man drowned Sunday while swimming in Greenwood Lake. Police say Andrew Saumiento, 24, had gone under the water while swimming Sunday afternoon at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park near a floating dock and didn't come back up.

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anon

Oceanside, NY

#1 Jul 19, 2010
I witnessed, very sad. Poor execution by rescuers in my non expert opinion.
lou

Wallington, NJ

#2 Jul 20, 2010
I totally agree. I was right there too and it was poor execution. Plus there were 3 life guards not doing their job and it took EMS 20 min or so to get there..Very sad
bob

Hewitt, NJ

#3 Jul 20, 2010
Witnessed whole thing and very poor response time. It took almost twenty minutes for police or medical personnel to arive! A sad event.
Monique

Spring Valley, NY

#4 Jul 20, 2010
I agree completely, we saw the whole thing. Very poor response from what is saw. Prayers go out to the family and friends of this young man.
Kiki

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Jul 20, 2010
I was there as well and I still don't understand why the first lifeguard spent so much time arguing with this poor man's friends about whether or not there was anybody under the water. How on earth could she tell without checking some more - visibility was low! Also, why did it take the other lifeguards so long to come and help her look for him? I'm not sure that he would have survived even if rescue efforts had been better organized, but if that's the response of lifeguards at that beach, I'm certainly not taking my family back this summer.
john and jon paul

Bergenfield, NJ

#6 Jul 20, 2010
i also was there with my son. i was the guy on top of the raft looking down into the black water. Everyone wanted to give up saying that he was 24 yrs old and just went for a walk. it was that young girl life guard that never gave up hope and found the guy at the bottom of the lake. Her mom and dad should be super proud of her. my son and i will never forget what happened that day. i gave him a big hug when we got home and told him how much i love him. Life can end at any moment !!!
Eileen

Oyster Bay, NY

#7 Jul 20, 2010
I was there as well with my husband and three children. I have to say the the female lifeguard tried her best. And I felt very sorry for her, seeing how upset she was after the young man was pulled out of the water. However, I feel that she and the other lifeguards are not properly trained or equipped to handle a situation like this. What a tragedy. We cannot let this young man's death be in vain. The town of Warwick needs to improve their procedures. They need to equip the lifeguards/staff with a way to immediately communicate with Emergency services. And they need to give the lifeguards some kind equipment so they can see in the water (the male lifeguard asked the people in the crowd if anyone has goggles he could use). And although the female lifeguard tried her best, the other lifeguard didn't seem to have a sense of urgency. There is definitely room for a lot of improvement here. And I hope sooner rather than later.
Carolyn NJ

Fort Wayne, IN

#8 Jul 20, 2010
My teen daughter and I were there too, unfortunately! It was the first time my daughter had ever been at a lake like this one, and then to have to experience such an unforgettable nightmare. We were shocked at the amount of time that passed before anyone showed any urgency in finding this young man. There was a huge issue of a language barrier preventing the lifeguards from understanding what had transpired. Nevertheless, it was obvious that these young lifeguards had not been properly trained in handling possible drowning emergencies. What also amazed me was that only one person (the female lifeguard) went into the murky shallow water to look for the missing man, and none of his many family members or friends. Maybe this is the reason that most of the beachgoers did not respond in an urgent manner. Most of us watched and waited expecting the young man to show up and explain he had been in the bathroom or the snack bar. I give much credit to the police and rescue workers who worked persistently to resuscitate the victim.

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