Sammie Weiner, 40, drowned while attempting to retrieve a remote-controlled boat in a Long Island lake on Friday evening. Weiner was seen entering Lake Ronkonkoma in New York around 8:30 PM to retrieve the boat for other lake visitors.
Long Island Newsday reports that three men offered him $40 to bring back the boat. The unemployed security guard swam about 150-200 feet from the shore to get the boat.
Onlookers witnessed Weiner disappear under the water, failing to come back up, and alerted the police. According to the Sachem Patch, rescuers mounted a massive search effort. The search took place over night on Friday and throughout most of the day on Saturday. Weiner’s body was found around 5:10 PM on Saturday. My Fox New York details that Weiner’s body was located by the Suffolk County Marine Dive Team near the location where he was last seen alive.
Weiner was visiting the Lake Ronkonkoma County Park with his 9-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter on Friday evening. Renee Weiner, Weiner’s wife, told Long Island Newsday that her husband loved being near the water and took his children swimming in the lake whenever the weather was warm.
The Medical Examiner has yet to determine the cause of death. Investigation into the tragedy continues.