Hurricane Irene: Six deaths in greater New York area
At least 37 deaths have been caused by Irene nationwide, according to AccuWeather. In and around New York City, six deaths and serious injuries have so far been attributed to the storm.
Police said Jose Sierra went to a marina on City lsland on Sunday to check on his boat. There, he reportedly fell into the water and drowned.
That same day, a 46-year-old man was found dead in floodwaters in Bristol, Conn. Cops said Shane Seaver was canoeing on East Main Street and capsized.
In Rockland County, a man trying to save a child stranded on a flooded street was electrocuted by live wires. The child had been caught in the wires and is in serious condition at a burn unit.
In Kearny, N.J., Ronald Dawkins died after he was trying to get to his office building. Officials said he was wading through a flooded road when he was swept into a drainage ditch. On Sunday night, the NYPD’s Aviation Unit was called to help five people whose raft had capsized in the Croton River in Westchester County. Peter Engel, 53, was thrown from the raft after it flipped in choppy waters. Rescuers pulled him onto a police boat, but he died at the hospital.
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