BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) -
A teenager rescued from the Buffalo River nearly an hour afterhe went under, has died.
Seventeen-year-old Gary Ramos of Buffalo passed away lateThursday night at Mercy Hospital. He had been pulled from theBuffalo River.
It took Buffalo Police and Fire Underwater Rescue crews 20 to 25minutes to locate the teenager. He was found 15 to 20 feet from thebottom of a bridge.
Gary Ramos and two others had been jumping off the railroadtrestle behind Hillary Academy.
The water temperature was cold enough to have allowed the teento survive during what is called "The Golden Hour." But, he losthis struggle for life hours later at the hospital.
There is a serious warning Friday, not to jump off trestles orhigh places, especially in zero visibility conditions.
Lt. Richard Doyle of the Buffalo Police Underwater Recover Teamsaid, "Once you break the surface of the water, number one, youdon't know if there are any structures that are down there that canimpale you, or strike you, or, if you just simply hit the waterwrong, you can lose your breath and take a gulp, and usually that'swhen tragedy happens."
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