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Babylon Village has announced what it’s calling “an evening of remembrance” for James Jaronczyk, the boater who went missing May 7 and whose body was found Thursday near the village.
Details are below for the May 17 vigil.
It was believed that Jaronczyk, 28, who was alone on his 22-foot boat, was tossed into the frigid waters by a wave. The boat was found floating in the bay by Babylon around 4:30 p.m. that same day.
SCPD Marine Unit located Jaronczyk’s remains on the bay’s bottom just west of the Babylon Village pool on May 11. In the meantime, a massive search effort had been launched, with many local and out-of-state volunteers offering their time to help look for the young man.
The vigil is being planned both to remember Jaronczyk and to thank publicly the very many men and women who searched so tirelessly for him — if only to give closure to his family.
“We come together as a community to remember the life of Massapequa resident James Jaronczyk and to thank all those involved in his search and rescue mission,” a village announcement reads.
Anyone from Long Island and beyond is invited to attend the event.
The service will be held on the west side of the pool parking lot, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17. This is formally called the Gilbert C. Hanse Municipal Pool.
The address is 650 Fire Island Avenue S., Babylon, NY, 11702.
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A GoFundMe has been created to help support the family. Click here to donate.
Top: James Jaronczyk boating on the Great South Bay. (Credit: Facebook)