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2 Dead at L.I. Beaches in 3 Days

Man found dead at Tobay Beach Friday; Woman pulled from surf in Amagansett Sunday


Two more swimmers are believed to have drowned this weekend while wading at Long Island beaches.

Don’t Swim Here: Beachgoers at Sunken Meadow State Park ignore posted warnings prohibiting swimming without lifeguards on duty. (Long Island Press)


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In the first case, 50-year-old Nicholas Kalogeras of Whitestone, Queens, was found dead at 8 p.m. Friday when his body washed ashore in Tobay Beach in Massapequa, New York State Parks Police said. Witnesses had reported seeing a body floating in the surf east of Field Six more than six hours earlier.

Two days later, rough surf conditions in the Atlantic Ocean appear to have claimed another life.

Leslie A. Wanek Sgaglione, 45, of Old Brookeville, was pulled out of the water by good Samaritans at an Amagansett beach shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday, East Hampton Town Police said.

The woman was taken to Southampton Hospital where she died about an hour later. The swimmers who tried to help her were treated at the scene.

The Suffolk County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

In both cases, authorities said the victims were swimming in sections of beach that are not protected by lifeguards.

Prior to these instances, there had been four drownings at ocean beaches on LI this season.

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