Family holds memorial for 10-year-old Father’s Day drowning victim

The message from Yoskarly Martinez's family was clear: they want to see more signage on the beach, warning of the dangerous waters.

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE)- The family of the 10-year-old girl who drowned at Conimicut Point Beach on Father’s Day, gathered on Saturday to remember and honor her life.

The message from Yoskarly Martinez’s family was clear: they want to see more signage on the beach, warning of the dangerous waters.

“How is the City of Warwick going to open up a beach, and let people swim at their own risk without any signs?” Yoskarly’s mother, Carla Martinez asked through a translator.

The family held funeral and burial services early Saturday and completed their day back at Conimicut Point Beach. The family released two doves into the sky, in representation of the two lives lost in the Fathers Day drowning.

The second victim, 35-year-old Valentin Cardona Sanchez, was a father himself. His family wrote online, saying, “trying to save a little girl who was drowning shows his love for others and how selfless he was.”

Strong currents pulled the two under the water. Sanchez’s body was recovered a few hours after the incident.

Martinez’s body was found almost 24 hours later.

Yoskarly’s uncle Carlos spent two days in the ICU at after trying to save her.

“They don’t have lifeguards, but at least have someone from the state that patrols the beach,” Carlos told ABC6.

He told ABC6 his family lost a loving soul. Martinez’s family described her as ‘love’, said she enjoyed painting, and chatting.

The family plans to continue to push for increased warning and signage regarding the dangerous tides at the beach.

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