United States —

15 minutes. A 24-year-old boy drowned on a beach in New York City, in the United States (USA), which was closed to bathers to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The man, identified as Fidel Ramirez, was bathing on Friday with two friends on the Rockaway beach in Queens.

But, Ramirez was swept away by a strong current and had to be rescued by the emergency services, which took him to a hospital where he could only be certify your death.

Condolences

Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed his condolences to the victim’s family and friends on Twitter.

“We just lost a young man who was caught in a dangerous current in the Rockaways. Our hearts are broken for your family and your friends“, said.

He then recalled that swimming on the beaches of the Big Apple is prohibited during the COVID-19 crisis.

“I need all New Yorkers to heed the warning: You cannot swim on our beaches during this crisis. Is not safe“he emphasized.

This long weekend, marked by the Memorial Day holiday that takes place on Monday, would have involved the start of the summer season and the opening of beaches to bathers.

However, the City Council only allows citizens to walk or sit while maintaining social distance and wearing a face cover.

Economic reopening

De Blasio added that local authorities, who work to maintain the COVID-19 indicators, are thinking of putting fences on the beaches.

“We will have the NYPD walking the beaches this weekend to keep New Yorkers safe“added De Blasio.

For its part, other beaches in the state of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut did open, coinciding with the festivities, so its residents feared a massive arrival of New Yorkers, which, in all probability, did not occur due to the rainy weather forecast during all day this Saturday.