Water rescue at Coney Island prompts call for plan to keep beaches open, safe

After police say a woman was pulled out of the water in Coney Island Thursday, local leaders are asking the city to come up with a concrete plan to enforce social distancing while also trying to keep beaches open and safe.

News 12 Staff

May 14, 2020, 8:39 PM

Updated 1,470 days ago

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After police say a woman was pulled out of the water in Coney Island Wednesday, local leaders are asking the city to come up with a concrete plan to enforce social distancing while also trying to keep beaches open and safe. 
Police say the woman that was pulled out of the water by a good Samaritan was in her 20s. The woman was later rushed to the hospital. 
Video from a witness showed police and the FDNY at the scene as well as large crowds watching the dramatic rescue. 
The incident has led to a lot of questions as Memorial Day approaches. New Jersey’s governor says Jersey Shore beaches will be open and that people will be encouraged to keep a distance. 
However, in Coney Island and around the city, many are wondering if the same thing can happen here as well. 
News 12 has reached out to the Parks Department to see what their plans are regarding beaches and lifeguards and has not heard back yet.
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