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Jul 28, 2015 4:38 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Man Drowns Saturday In Big Fresh Pond

Jul 28, 2015 4:38 PM

A 29-year-old New Jersey man drowned after he dove into Big Fresh Pond in North Sea on Saturday afternoon and never resurfaced.

Angel De Santiago Martinez was visiting Emma Rose Elliston Park, located on Millstone Brook Road, with family when he dove into the pond just before 4 p.m. and disappeared, according to Southampton Town Police. Officers arrived shortly after being contacted and immediately launched a search-and-rescue effort that included dive teams from several fire departments.

Mr. Martinez was pulled from the water at 5:19 p.m. and pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa, he had last been seen in an area of the water near a steep drop. He was originally in an area where he could stand with his head above water, she said, but the pond bottom quickly drops to a depth of approximately 11 feet. Det. Costa also said that Mr. Martinez was not a confident swimmer, and was probably caught off guard by the sudden change in depth.

Originally, police had said it was unclear if he had drowned, or if he might have come ashore on another beach and left the area. Town Police attempted to locate him in other parts of town before his body was ultimately pulled from the water and transported to the Suffolk County medical examiner’s office, according to police.

According to Det. Costa, there were no lifeguards, as the beach is not typically staffed with one. Det. Costa said she does not remember any drownings in the pond in the last few years.

The North Sea, Hampton Bays, Sag Harbor and Mastic fire departments, as well as Suffolk County Police Aviation, all responded and assisted with the search.

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God bless this poor guy and his family. I seem to remember there was a drowning there not too long ago. So sad.....
By marybmary (54), east hampton on Jul 27, 15 10:43 AM
Ummm, Mastic Fire Dept. responded??
By Jaws (245), Amity Island on Jul 27, 15 11:10 PM
Similar to the 2012 drowning in Trout Pond -- both inexperienced swimmers.

Condolences to the families . . .

Rest in Peace

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jul 29, 15 12:05 PM
One does not float very well in fresh water than when in salt water.
By Nukiepoo (123), Southampton on Jul 30, 15 12:45 PM
Very sad to see such a young person die. However, I see many cars parked there with no Southampton Town parking permits on their cars.There are no daily permits given at that park. I never see police cars or a code officer checking the cars for the permits either. Never many cars there even on the weekend so I think it should be a check point for the cops or code officers, several times a day!! I hope this tragedy does not result in a suit against the Town .
By bayview (160), Southampton on Jul 30, 15 1:23 PM
Nukipoo you're a moron.
Bayview, what does a permit have to do with drowning? You do not even make sense; "I see many car there" and "then never many cars there even on the weekends" ????

Darwin awards to both of you.
By nycheather2014 (3), hampton bays on Jul 30, 15 1:31 PM
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