Boat safety tips
News Melissa Chan 7/14/2012 at 10:39AM

In the wake of the July 4 tragedy in Oyster Bay in which three Suffolk County children were trapped and killed in a capsized, overloaded watercraft, local marina officials stressed the importance of boat safety. Overloading boats could be a deadly decision, said Martin Munch, president of the Bayside Marina. “You want to have ample [...]

Stay safe in backyard pools
News Melissa Chan 7/13/2012 at 10:38AM

• Learn how to swim. The city’s Department of Parks & Recreation offers free lessons to both children and adults. The courses take place in three summer sessions throughout July and August and are available on a first-come, first-served basis at four Queens pools — Astoria, Fort Totten, Fisher and Liberty. Registration for sessions two [...]

Drownings in Queens, Long Island, as lifeguard saves boy
News Melissa Chan 7/12/2012 at 10:36AM

A 21-year-old Bellerose lifeguard was hailed a hero on the same day families in Douglaston Manor and Long Island mourned the losses of their children in July 4’s tragic drownings. Christos Voulkoudis, 4, drowned in a relative’s pool in Douglaston Manor around 6 p.m., authorities said. He was rushed to North Shore University Hospital where [...]