Sunday, August 29, 2010

Man Dies In Rockaway Beach Drowning After Apparent Heart Attack


Brooklyn man died after he was pulled out of the water off Rockaway Beach Saturday, cops said, according to the New York Daily News.

Lifeguards jumped into the ocean near Beach 147th St. and Rockaway Beach Blvd. near Jacob Riis Park when they saw Mark DiPalma, 50, in distress about 1 p.m., police said.

DiPalma - who lives in Bay Ridge - was rushed to Peninsula Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It was not immediately clear what caused his distress, but sources said the lifeguards knew DiPalma - who swam in the area frequently - had a medical condition.

The medical examiner will determine an exact cause of death, but sources said it appears DiPalma had a heart attack.

At least three people have died off the New York coast this year. Among those was Oscar Cruz, 22, of the Bronx, who was swept away by the riptides in Rockaway last month.

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Brooklyn man, 50, swimming at Rockaway Beach dies after apparent heart attack
New York Daily News - August 29th 2010 - By Joe Kemp

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