A woman was pronounced dead after she was pulled from the waters off of Fire Island on Sunday, police said.
Officers received a 911 call reporting a woman floating in the water near Seaview Marina around 3:40 p.m., Suffolk County police said.
The person who called 911 paddled out into the water on a board and kept the woman afloat until the officers arrived, according to police.
One Fire Island visitor commented “This is devastating. I was on the beach and didn’t even make it home. I had to go to a neighbors. How horrible for this woman and her family. I’ve never experienced anything as fast and violent as that storm.”
Another said, “It was bizarre unexpected weather. No announced report of warning”
The woman was pulled onto a boat by the officers and taken to Marine Bureau headquarters at Timber Point, where she was pronounced dead.
Police believe the woman drowned in rough waters as a storm passed through the area Sunday afternoon, but an investigation is ongoing.
Her name and age weren’t immediately released.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392.