TRAGEDY IN MIAMI: Two Prominent Members Of NY Jewish Community Drown After Rip-Tide Pulls Them Into Water


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IMG-20160517-WA0009Two prominent members of the Satmar community R”L drowned in Miami Beach on Tuesday morning.

R’ Yitzhok Rosenberg Z”L, and R’ Chaim Parness were suddenly pulled into the water at Miami Beach by an unexpected rip tide, at around 12:00 noon.

Additional victims were swept out to sea as well, and emergency personnel transported the victims to a local hospital.

Tragically, two of them were Niftar.

According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, a group of five people were hanging out at the beach off Collins Avenue and 140th Street.

“Today we had a call about five victims in distress (and) we deployed a jet ski,” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Tiago Choze said.

Choze said the jet ski picked up three of the victims and two were able to swim to the shoreline.

Fire Rescue performed CPR on both victims, who were taken to Aventura Hospital.

Bal Harbour police said an off-duty officer who was on his way home from court heard the distress call and attempted to save one of the swimmers.

Miami-Dade police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said both victims were pronounced dead at the hospital.

R’ Yitzchok Rosenberg Z”L was the Rosh HaKahal of the Satmar Kehilah in Williamsburg – under the leadership of the Satmar Rebbe of Kiryas Yoel, HaRav Aron Teitlebaum Shlita. He was the owner of the Rose Castle Hall in Williamsburg, as well as Exclusive Doors, Certfied Lumber, Boro Park Lumber and other businesses.

R’ Chaim Parnas Z”L was a prominent member of the Satmar Kehilah in Kiryas Yoel, where he was a longtime resident. He was a diamond dealer. Just a few months ago, YWN reported that R’ Chaim was the victim of an armed robbery in North Miami, and was pistol-whipped by the suspect.

All additional victims are in stable condition.

Askonim are working with local authorities to have the bodies released as soon as possible, and are arranging a private jet to fly them back to NY to ensure a timely Levaya.

Further details will be published when they become available.

Boruch Dayan HaEmmes…

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  1. OY Nebach, BDE!! So sorry to hear!

    As an aside I’m curious, I was not aware that there are private beach areas that are not mixed?
    Where are they located?

  2. I think it would have been better to write that they “drowned”. “Killed” sounds like someone was at fault for their death.

  3. BD”E!

    I am not sure if this is true, but I heard from someone in Miami that Chaim Parnes a”h was out of the water and jumped in to try to rescue Yitzchok Rosenberg a”h.

    Unconfirmed, but huge tragedy!

  4. Williamsburg is very very saddened. So it seems they liked that area because it had no pritzus? Supposedly Mr Rosenberg knew how to swim very well. Hopefully lessons learnt.We are speechless. He was a humble pleasant man. And very generous

  5. This is such a terrible tragedy.
    These wonderful people drowning in a rip tide. A stark reminder to only swim in the ocean with an active life guard on duty.
    Too many people fall victim to the oceans mighty currents. They Will be sorely missed.