New York woman drowns in stand-up paddleboard yoga class
By Theresa Waldrop and Evan Simko-Bednarski, CNN
Updated 9:40 PM ET, Fri August 2, 2019
(CNN)A New York woman
drowned Friday while taking part in a stand-up paddleboard yoga class on Long Island,
Lisa Margaritis, 48, an experienced paddleboarder, was
trying to help another woman who was struggling in the strong current under a
bridge in Hashamomuck Pond when Margaritis' paddleboard got caught on a bridge
piling and she fell in, Southold Police chief Martin Flatley said in a news release.
Because she was tethered to the board, Margaritis wasn't
able to free herself, Flatley said. A jogger passing by jumped in and was able
to free Margaritis from the piling and bring her to land, he said.
Southold police, the fire department's rescue squad and a
hospital paramedic arrived and began CPR. Margaritis was taken to a Long Island
hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, the release said.