New York, NY Drowned While Swimming at Dyker Beach, Jun 1901


Bather at Dyker Beach Loses His Life---Two Narrow Escapes at Coney Island.

The warm wave of the past few days, with its invitation to bathers, was probably responsible yesterday for one death by drowning and two narrow escapes. The drowning occurred at Dyker Beach, at the foot of Bay Eighth Street, and the rescues at Coney Island.

The drowned man, from a letter found in the coat he wore, is supposed to have been Arthur Auer, a machinist formerly in the employ of the Hays Machine Company at 118 West Street, Manhattan. In company with Gerald Glynn of 242 Johnson Street he went to the Dyker Beach yesterday. He was apparently a strong swimmer, and swam far out into the bay. He was either taken with cramp or caught in an under tow, for suddenly he threw up his hands and was heard to call for help.

Ernest Heggil, a life guard employed at a near-by bathing place, went to his aid, but the young man was drowned before he could reach him. The body was not recovered.

The more fortunate ones who nearly drowned but escaped, were Thomas Henry of 189 Adelphi Street and Henry M. Cummings, a lawyer, of 189 Montague Street, Brooklyn. Henry was bathing at the Balmer Bathing Pavilion, and went beyond the life lines, when he was seen to be in difficulty, Thomas Reilly went to his assistance, but did not reach him before the young man had sunk the third time. When taken to the beach he was unconscious and required the attention of Dr. John W. Pierce before he was fully restored.

At the Arcade Baths, Cummings, with William R. McGuire, Jr., Clerk of the Eighth District Court, were together in the water. Cummings could not swim, and when a particularly strong wave struck him he was washed off his feet. He shipped[sic] a lot of salt water, and while trying to regain his foothold made so much noise that the life guards made for him and took him from the water.

The New York Times, New York, NY 28 Jun 1901