LAWRENCE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A 10-year-old boy from Long Island whose leg got caught in a boat propeller has died from his injuries, police announced Sunday.
Nassau County police said the child — identified as Aaron Tepfer, 10, of Cedarhurst — succumbed to injuries suffered in the accident in Reynolds Channel just off the town of Lawrence.
Police say he fell into the water on Friday afternoon while he was tubing off a motorboat. The boy tried climbing into the boat when police say his left leg got stuck in the propeller.
A man involved in the rescue said it was a speedboat propeller.
Emergency responders freed him and airlifted him to a hospital, where he died of his injuries early Saturday.
The Yeshiva Darchei Torah, where Aaron attended school, released a statement following the boy’s death.
“Aaron was a diligent student and a wonderful friend who will be sorely missed by his family, teachers and fellow students,” the yeshiva said in the statement. “His parents are longtime and dedicated Darchei Torah parents; his mother has been a devoted teacher in our school for many years.”
The yeshiva will provide mental health and bereavement services for staff, parents and students.
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