Southampton Village Police Field Numerous Swimmer-in-Distress Calls, Plead Caution

Jackie Pape

Police in Southampton Village are asking beachgoers to think twice before going into the water due to the recent storm activities.

Over the past week, Southampton Village police received three 911 calls for swimmers in distress at the beaches, including one that ended in the drowning of a 46-year-old man. Earlier in the week, a police officer saved a swimmer in distress at Cooper's Beach.

On Sept. 16, about 12:30 p.m., village police received a 911 call that there were two swimmers struggling in the ocean off Cooper's Beach. The female swimmer made it back to the beach, but the male swimmer did not. A group of beachgoers went into the water and pulled the man, Timothy Allen Osborne of Singapore, out. Police performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him and he was transported to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 1:21 p.m. 

There is a high-surf advisory in effect for Long Island through 6 Wednesday night at the very least, and a high rip current risk remains in effect through late Tuesday night, the National Weather Service said. Surf height is 6 to 10 feet.