Tucked away on the west side of the small town of Broad Channel in the middle of Jamiaca Bay is a narrow, dead end, street that goes by the name of West 12th Road. Those of us who live there know that the nice part about living in a small town is that when you are not quite sure what is going on, someone else always does!
[Peter J. Mahon West 12th Road, Broad Channel]
It's been a week of rough rip tides and our lifeguards have been hard at work. On Monday, August 29, three lifeguards on Beach 106th spent the afternoon making rescues. One of the victims was Pedro Castillo. His wife and three daughters watched as the riptide pulled him out. Lifeguard Katie [Corbett] jumped in without a buoy and reached Castillo first, followed by Sarah and Joanna (not pictured). Once they were safe back on shore, Castillo explained how tired he became trying to fight the current and told the girls that they are his heroes. Castillo went a step further to thank the girls. He returned to the beach the next day with his family, with three bouquets of flowers and cards for each of his saviors. Thanks to Marni Sugar for sharing this photo and story. “Mr. Castillo and his family are a class act. It goes without saying, our amazing lifeguards are heroes,” Sugar said.