On May 23, 2021, State Police Troop L BCI members responded to investigate a reported drowning at Hempstead Lake Park, in the town of Hempstead.
The preliminary investigation determined that Jing Li, age 39, of Flushing, NY, was paddle boarding with his two young children on Hempstead Lake at approximately 5:45 p.m. when the paddle board capsized, and Li went underwater. New York State Park Police, Rockville Center Police, Nassau County Police Aviation Unit, Freeport Fire Department, Lakeview Fire Department and East Rockaway Fire Department all responded.
Li was located in the lake a short time later, and was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he was declared deceased. Li’s two children were assisted to shore by a nearby individual in a kayak and were not injured.