It was a spine-tingling ride that was never meant to happen.
An afternoon of lounging by a deck pool behind a tony Mill Island home morphed into a near tragedy on May 31 when the deck gave way and the pool plummeted into Jamaica Bay.
Paramedics raced over to the National Drive home between Whitman and Arkansas drives just before 5 pm after the back deck splintered and collapsed.
When the smoke cleared, three girls last seen playing in the pool — the youngest four, the oldest 17 — were found either in Jamaica Bay or clinging to wood planks teetering over the gaping hole.
All three girls suffered cuts and scrapes, but were otherwise uninjured. At least one, who was found bleeding from the head, was rushed to Kings County Hospital for additional care.
Residents told responding officers that the youngest victim survived when the floaties she wore in the pool kept her afloat after she splashed into the bay.
An inspector from the city’s Department of Buildings gave the homeowner, who had reportedly just moved into the address, a violation for the faulty deck.