Man Dies After Saving Wife And Daughter From Drowning At Queens Beach

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A Queens man died Thursday while trying to save his wife and daughter from drowning at the beach.

36-year-old Jose-Luis Olivares of Ozone Park was at Jacob Riis Park when his wife and daughter got into trouble in the water, according to officials.

Olivares dove into the water and managed to pull his 8-year-old daughter and wife to safety.

"He was underwater for several minutes," said Brian Feeney of the National Park Service, which oversees the park where lifeguards go off-duty at 6 p.m.

While his family members were recovered, unharmed, Olivares was swept out to sea. An off-duty park ranger heard the yelling and ran into the surf and pulled him to the shore at about 7 p.m. Officers found him unconscious.

Olivares was rushed to Peninsula Hospital by helicopter and pronounced dead, police said.

Aside from his daughter and wife, Olivares leaves behind his 2-year-old son.

His 33-year-old brother, Javier, stated, "He was a hero. ... He was a good guy. He was a really good brother. We're feeling really bad." He went on, "He loved his daughter. She's devastated." A friend who would not identify himself added, "He was a hard-working family man."

Police are investigating the incident, although no foul play is suspected.

The strong currents off the seaside community in Queens have claimed six lives this summer. On Wednesday a 40-year-old man disappeared while swimming in the same area, and on August 6, a 21-year-old man drowned in a rip current.

Olivares is the fifth Rockaway Beach victim this year, following the disappearance Heyward (Winky) Patterson, 40, on Wednesday while he was swimming with his girlfriend and a relative, cops said. His body has still not been found.

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