BY JON CRONIN
A woman fell into Strack Pond in Forest Park between Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue on Tuesday evening.
FDNY and NYPD received the call at approximately 5:20 p.m. Officer Jose Severino of the 102nd Precinct said that the initial call stated that more than one person had fallen into the pond.
FDNY Press added that the woman, in her 20s, was rescued from the water using a ladder. It was unclear how long the woman was in the pond. It was also suspected that children had fallen into the water and both NYPD and FDNY diver entered the water to perform a thorough search of the pond. “Thankfully the search was unfounded and there were no additional patients in the water,” said an FDNY spokesperson.
A larger amount of units were dispatched than were needed for one person and it caused a tremendous amount of traffic along the Woodhaven Boulevard corridor during peak rush hour time.
The FDNY was able to pull the woman out of the water with only minor injuries and she was then transported to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition for further evaluation. The woman’s name and the circumstances of the accident are at this time unknown to the FDNY and the NYPD.
Strack Pond, named for a Woodhaven soldier who was killed in the Vietnam war, and has two entrances to the path near the bandshell’s parking lot near the chess tables close to Woodhaven Boulevard. Local children have used the path down the pond for sledding after snowfall.
The pond was formerly the site of an athletic field that often flooded and rendered unusable.