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2 teens dead after being pulled from the water in Jamaica Bay, Queens

2 teenagers die after being pulled from water at Jamaica Bay
2 teenagers die after being pulled from water at Jamaica Bay 01:36

NEW YORK - A swim ended tragically in Queens Friday. 

Dozens of first responders were seen trying to find teenage boys on Howard Beach near the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. 

As CBS2's Cindy Hsu reports, it's a beautiful spot that's popular with fishermen and windsurfers who say the water there can be tricky.

UPDATE 6/11: Teenagers who died after being pulled from water in Jamaica Bay identified

The call for help came shortly before noon: Two kids missing in Jamaica Bay. Search and rescue teams from the NYPD and FDNY rushed to the scene near Beach 121st Street and Newport Avenue. 

Police say they were both 13. 

"I see, like, boats, the NYPD boats, two helicopters came and they start to search everywhere, and I can tell you they did an amazing job," said witness Wall Gapher. 

Gapher was there to take pictures of the beach area, but started snapping shots of the search effort. 

At 12:35 p.m., the first victim was pulled from the water. The search continued for the second child.

Rescue teams found the victim 30 minutes later. 

After being pulled from the water, both boys were rushed to the hospital but did not survive.

Paul Kearns-Stanley often fishes in Jamaica Bay, and was shocked to hear what happened. 

"It's terrible. It's horrible. It's very scary, and it's amazing how fast something like that can happen. Water is unpredictable," Kearns-Stanley said. 

There are signs posted there warning people not to swim due to strong currents, but Friday the warnings didn't work. 

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