A nineteen year-old drowned this afternoon at Rockaway Beach after cutting school with friends.
The tragic event occurred near Beach 67th Street shortly after 2:30 p.m. First responders pulled him out of the water an hour later shortly after 3:30 p.m.
NYPD harbor and aviation, FDNY and US Coast Guard participated in the search and rescue.
The teen attended Newtown High School in Elmhurst school.
Lifeguards begin working for the season on Saturday.
Teenager Drowns at Rockaway Beach in Queens
New York Times - May 25, 2016 - By Rick Rojas