BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - For the second time in just four days, a teenager has drowned inBuffalo. This time, tragedy struck on Squaw Island.
Nearly a hundred people watched the rescue efforts from theshore of this large pond at Squaw Island Park. A 16-year-old boydrowned after trying to save a girl who appeared to be strugglingin the water.
Steven Frankowski said, "I guess she might've hit him orsomething in the face, and he started going under and there wasanother kid that tried saving him and I guess the kid grabbed himby the throat and started scratching him and kicking him and let goof the kid and couldn't find him anymore."
Buffalo Fire's Rescue One was first in the water.
Jamie Luthringer of Rescue One said, "Sad. We just couldn;t getdown deep enough to get him."
It was finally the Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Team withScuba tanks that found him at least 35 minutes after he went under.Buffalo Firefighter Mark Van Horn administered CPR on the boy thewhole time he was rushed to ambulance.
"Wish we coulda found him earlier. That's what we're here for,we have saves and we have losses, so unfortunately, this is onethat we don't like to do," said Van Horn.
There are no signs here keeping kids from swimming, but theBuffalo Police Captain who found the boy says there's a definitecurrent underwater.
Captain Michael McCarthy said, "Because I was unable to swimback against that current. I had to come up float across, go backdown and go with the current through the deep troughs and thenfinding him on the up-slope. Ya know, when you have a child in thewater, we're also parents besides police officers, and we realizehow important life is, especially a child's life."
The 16-year-old was transported to Women and Children's Hospitalwhere he was pronounced dead. His name has not yet beenreleased.
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