In an incredibly sad but heroic story a woman in New York drowned during a stand-up paddle-board yoga class last Friday morning, according to police.
According to the news release, Lisa Margaritis, 49, an experienced paddle-boarder, was trying to help another woman who was struggling in the strong current under a bridge in Hashamomuck Pond when Margaritis’ paddle-board got caught on a bridge piling and she fell in, Southold Police chief Martin Flatley said in a news release.
Authorities told local news organisations that paddleboard became stuck on a Long Island Rail Road bridge piling, causing her to fall into the water.
Three women in the paddleboard yoga class paddled under the Long Island Rail Road bridge near Mill Creek and Hashamomuck Pond when one of them got into trouble in the strong current, according to the Suffolk Times.
The registered nurse, who was an experienced paddle-boarder, could not free herself due to being tethered to the paddle-board, CNN reported. A jogger who happened to witness the scene jumped into the water and freed Margaritis from the tether and brought her on land, but to no avail. She was pronounced dead at Eastern Long Island Hospital shortly thereafter.
Margaritis’ mother, Jean Weber, told Newsday she was “devastated” over her only daughter’s death, but was not surprised to hear that Margaritis was helping someone else who was in danger in the process.
“She was a hero in my eyes, a very good kid,” Weber said. “She wanted to save somebody else. She was always kind.”
Margaritis also taught yoga at the Garcia Muay Thai & MMA Gym in Glen Cove. According to her biography on the gym’s website, she was married and had one child.