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Jun 30, 2012 7:32 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Drowning Victim Was Queens Man Who Struggled During Swim

Jul 2, 2012 1:44 PM

UPDATE: 10 a.m.

Mr. Benston had been swimming with friends in the unprotected waters of Trout Pond on Noyac Road when he began to struggle and went underwater, police said.

His body was found by members of the Sag Harbor Volunteer Fire Department’s dive team about 17 feet from the boardwalk area of the pond and in a spot where the water is about 11 feet deep, and was recovered by members of the Town Police dive team, officers said.

Southampton Town Bay Constable and Sag Harbor Village Volunteer Ambulance also responded to the scene, in addition to the agencies already mentioned.

UPDATE: 3:45 a.m. Sunday

The victim has been identified: Tyreef Benston, 26, of Queens. He was visiting the East End on a day trip with friends at the time of this incident.

UPDATE: 7:54 p.m. Saturday

The Suffolk County medical examiner’s office just arrived at the scene of the drowning at about 7:40 p.m.

Southampton Town Police Detective Tim Wilson, who was at the scene, said the victim was an African-American male. His body was found in the swimming area of the freshwater pond; there were several witnesses and others who tried to assist, he said.


A 26-year-old man drowned in Trout Pond in Noyac on Saturday afternoon.

A report of a potential drowning came in at 5:11 p.m. on Saturday, and the Sag Harbor Fire Department’s dive team responded to the scene, as did dive teams from North Sea and East Hampton Town. Divers recovered the victim’s body at 6:07 p.m.

Southampton Town Police are at the scene. The drowning victim has not yet been identified.

Updates will be posted as more information is available ...

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By patrickstar (67), hampton bays on Jun 30, 12 7:44 PM
Sad way to start the holiday week.

Always remember to know and observe your limits...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 30, 12 8:03 PM
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Very sad. My prayers go out to this young man's family and friends.

To the Editor - how is it we know this man was 26, but he hasn't been identified?
By EQMama (29), East Quogue on Jun 30, 12 11:35 PM
It's very common for police to release basic information to the public but hold off on identity until family is notified.
By MLB (4), Sag Harbor on Jul 1, 12 12:48 AM
When my son was six, we arrived as a six year old had drowned. Very tricky place, Trout Pond, should state for experienced swimmers only....
By beachgirl70 (7), Southampton on Jul 2, 12 11:40 PM
There should be " DANGER DEEP WATER " signs posted .
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Jul 5, 12 12:19 PM
It should be closed for swimming..too many deaths over the years..so sad..
By gansetteer (125), East Hampton on Jul 5, 12 8:54 PM