NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two teenage swimmers are missing in Queens
Investigators say two 15-year-old boys and one 16-year-old boy were reported missing near Beach 96th Street in the Seaside section around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Rescue crews scanned the waters off the Rockaways, and NYPD and FDNY divers went into the water to search.
Some surfers heard one of the 15-year-old boys calling for help and paddled over to him.
They found him floating on his back and pulled him back to shore. They say he repeatedly asked about his friends.
“We got him on my board, and then somebody else paddled out, we found somebody who had paddled out, and then brought him back in,” one surfer said. “But you know, he’s… We got him in and I think he’s doing OK. At this point, he was doing great, he was really just brave and he kept it together, you know? He was holding on, and he was really concerned about his friends. He wanted to make sure his friend was OK.”
“I mean, I don’t think I’m ever gonna forget the panic in his voice. Like, that was… Like, you could tell he was scared for his life,” another surfer said.
He taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The other 15-year-old and the 16-year-old remain missing.
Divers were later pulled out of the water due to rough waters.
Crews are still in the water on boats, but officials say it’s now a recovery operation.