BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - For the second time in less than a week, a Buffalo teenager hasdrowned.
Dozens of horrified people watched from the shore as rescuerssearched a large pond at Squaw Island Park.
When the Buffalo Police underwater Recovery Team pulled the16-year-old boy from a large pond at Squaw Island Park, there washope.
"If we got him out in a quick enough period of time he's goingto have a chance at surviving and be back with his family ," saidCaptain Michael McCarthy, of the Buffalo Police DepartmentUnderwater Recovery team
But hope turned to sadness as emergency crews rushed the Buffaloteen to Women and Children's Hospital, where was later pronounceddead.
Jamie Luthringer of Buffalo Fire Rescue One said, "Sad you know,we just couldn't get down deep enough to get him"
Mark Van Horn of Buffalo Fire Rescue One said, "Wish we couldhave found him earlier, that's what we're here for. We have savesand we have losses, so unfortunately this is one we don't like todo."
According to witnesses about 25 teenagers were swimming at SquawIsland around 4:30 p.m. on Memorial Day.
Steven Frankowski said, "I heard a whole bunch of kids screaming'he's drowning, he's drowning,' and I thought they were playingaround, I went over there to see what was going on and they wereserious."
Frankowski says he dove into to help with the search.
"I've never had something like this happen before, I was inshock. I was shaking. I couldn't really concentrate, I was justtrying to feel the bottom of the water and find the kid," saidFrankowski.
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