FDNY firefighter Mark Batista dies after attempted drowning rescue

A New York firefighter died while trying to save his daughter from drowning in New Jersey on Friday, authorities said.

Mark Batista, a 15-year veteran firefighter with the Fire Department of New York, was assigned to Engine Company 226 in Brooklyn, according to a statement released by the FDNY.

“We are heartbroken to learn about the death of Firefighter Mark Batista, who died Friday while swimming at the Jersey Shore,” the statement reads. He was “a dedicated public servant who spent fifteen years serving in the FDNY, as both an EMT and a firefighter.  We join his family in mourning his tragic passing.”

Mark Batista, a Teaneck resident and member of the FDNY drowned Friday, June 9, 2023 trying to save his daughter in Avon.

Around 8:35 a.m., police responded to reports of two swimmers in distress at Sylvania Avenue Beach in Avon, according to police. At the scene, officers and members of the water rescue team got into the water and began searching for victims.

Ten minutes later, rescue swimmers found a female juvenile in distress and successfully got her out of the water, police said. She was taken to the hospital by first aid members. She was expected to recover, NBC New York reported.

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