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Family Calls For Greater Safety Measures Following Drowning Death Of 10-Year-Old Son

(credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — A Bronx family is calling for increased safety precautions along the Harlem River following the drowning death of their 10-year-old son on Saturday.

Friends and family of Ebrima Wally told CBS 2’s John Slattery that the studious young boy got along well with everybody.

“A very sweet boy; likeable. Everyone liked him,” said his aunt.

Wally told his mother that he was going to a block party with his friends. He eventually made his way to Roberto Clemente State Park, where he climbed over a fence that is intended to keep pedestrians out of the Harlem River.

But the boy’s family said that the four-foot fence is not tall enough.

“That’s too short for it to be protected from a child,” said his aunt.

Wally’s family is among those who are concerned by the height of the fence.

“It should be higher,” said Robin Christian, a mother of two who regularly brings her children to the pool.

Dan Keefe, a spokesman for New York State Parks told CBS 2 that the incident is under review.

“Parks police and safety officers are reviewing the incident, but have not drawn any conclusions at this time.”

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