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A well-known real estate developer and renowned member of the Satmar community was one of two who died this morning in the Atlantic Ocean in North Miami Beach.
Yitzchak Rosenberg, owner of Certified Lumber in Williamsburg and owner and developer of several properties in Williamsburg, was pronounced dead on the scene after a riptide unexpectedly swept the group out into the ocean.
The second man was identified as Chaim Parnes, a diamond dealer who was robbed of $35,000 worth of merchandise, pistol whipped and had his tires slashed on a Thanksgiving 2015 visit to North Miami, according to Miami’s Local 10 News. At the time, Parnes said he was grateful to have survived the encounter.
“If (you) take away life, (it) doesn’t come back,” Parnes said. “So I’m thankful for God. Today’s Thanksgiving. I’m giving up big time for God that I’m alive.”
The two were among a group of five visitors from Kiyras Joel and Brooklyn who were at Haulover Beach on 140th and Collins Avenue and were apparently pulled out by a riptide at about 11:30 AM.
Two other Kiryas Joel residents who got caught in the riptide, Aron Wurzberger and Yitzchok Englander, are in stable condition. The fifth man in the group managed to emerge from the water unharmed.
A riptide is also being blamed for the death of an 18 year old high school athlete who drowned less than two months ago at the same beach.