Island Park lifeguards save 2 children trapped in strong currents

Posted: Updated:
ISLAND PARK -

Lifeguards at Island Park's Masone Beach say they saved two children in the last two weeks alone.

Teen lifeguards Billy Mingione and TJ Reichel say strong currents were to blame. They saved a boy and a girl in separate incidents. 

"The current just swept him out of the dock," says Mingione. "That's when I blew the whistle and ran right in."

"There was a current that day…you could tell she couldn't make it the full way," says Reichel. 

In both cases, the lifeguards sprang into action. They say they had only seconds to get to the children before it was too late. 

"A couple of seconds longer and he would've been gone," said Mingione. "He would have been stuck under the dock, under the pier, and it would be impossible."

Island Park Mayor Michael McGinty says he's proud of the lifeguards for saving two young lives. 

"They're heroic. They're not afraid to do the right thing...they bring heart and soul to this job," says McGinty. 

Lifeguards say swimmers should swim parallel to the beach if caught in a rip current. They also say not to swim against the current.

  • SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • Sights and scenes from the 2018 Oyster Fest

    Sights and scenes from the 2018 Oyster Fest

    Monday, October 15 2018 10:02 AM EDT2018-10-15 14:02:36 GMT

    Sights and scenes from the 2018 Oyster Fest in Oyster Bay on Oct. 13, 2018.

    Sights and scenes from the 2018 Oyster Fest in Oyster Bay on Oct. 13, 2018.

  • Just Married on Long Island

    Just Married on Long Island

    News 12 Long Island wants to announce your wedding. Share your pictures and videos with News 12 Long Island viewers!

    News 12 Long Island wants to announce your wedding. Share your pictures and videos with News 12 Long Island viewers!

  • Dog Day Fridays for October 12

    Dog Day Fridays for October 12

    Friday, October 12 2018 6:38 AM EDT2018-10-12 10:38:40 GMT
    Monkey is approximately 2 years old. He a super sweet, loving timid dog and would be best as an only dog. He was found on the side of a road and unable to move due to a broken pelvis. He was starving and had lost much of his hair.Monkey is approximately 2 years old. He a super sweet, loving timid dog and would be best as an only dog. He was found on the side of a road and unable to move due to a broken pelvis. He was starving and had lost much of his hair.

    This week's dogs are up for adoption at Ruff House Rescue. The shelter is located in Island Park. Their phone number is (516) 960-6388. 

    This week's dogs are up for adoption at Ruff House Rescue. The shelter is located in Island Park. Their phone number is (516) 960-6388. 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."