Couple Drowns on Beach 9th


A Long Island couple drowned in Far Rockaway on Tuesday night, July 9.

According to the New York Post, the bodies of Umarie Chamble, 25, and Keylon Ramsay, 28, were recovered from the water on Beach 9th Street after a 911 call was received at about 10:20 p.m.

The couple, who lived in Inwood, were attending a friend’s birthday party on the beach. According to the Post, the couple had allegedly been drinking when they decided to go into the water. Chamble was reportedly trying to teach Ramsay how to swim, when they went missing and a friend called 911. First-responders attempted CPR on the shore before Chamble and Ramsay were transported to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

“They loved each other. He’s my first son, the best son I could ask for. It hurts. There’s not much I can say. He was a fantastic kid,” Ramsay’s father, Sheldon St. Hilaire, told CBS.

“She was trying to teach Keylon how to swim,” Chamble’s cousin, Sharifa Martin, told the New York Post. “She was a really fun, loving, nice girl.”

It should be noted that lifeguards are off duty after 6 p.m. As part of Reynolds Channel, Beach 9th Street is a particularly dangerous area with strong currents and a deep drop-off.