The City of Bayonne is mourning after two brothers drowned at the Lincoln Community School pool at 208 Prospect Ave. late last night.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Yesterday at about 8:23 p.m., the Bayonne Police Department was notified of two individuals, a 16-year-old boy and a 19-year-old teen, who had just been removed from the pool at Lincoln Community School and were not breathing, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.
According to witnesses and the three lifeguards on duty, the two victims were observed to be in distress in the deep end of the pool.
As a lifeguard approached the deep end, he observed the two victims unable to resurface and entered the pool with the other two lifeguards.
The three lifeguards were able to remove both victims from the pool and immediately began life-saving measures as a 911 call was placed.
Officers immediately responded and were directed to the two victims of an apparent drowning who were receiving life saving measures (CPR) from lifeguards. The officers immediately assisted in rendering CPR and other life-saving measures.
Soon after, firefighters from the Bayonne Fire Department and McCabe Ambulance EMTs responded and also assisted with life-saving measures and patient care.
The two victims, later determined to be brothers and residents of Bayonne, were transported to the Bayonne Medical Center where they were pronounced dead after further life-saving efforts were unsuccessful.
The names of the victims are not being released at this time, police said.
“The City of Bayonne is in mourning tonight, as we learn of the passing of two teenage brothers, who drowned this evening at our Lincoln Community School Pool,” Mayor Jimmy Davis wrote on Facebook late last night.
“I ask that we all respect the privacy of the family, as they deal with this unspeakable tragedy. We all pray for comfort for our neighbors.”
Superintendent of Schools John Niesz said the older brother was a recent graduate of Bayonne High School while the other was a junior, noting that police are still investigating the incident.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and to all of our community. We will have additional crisis counselors and guidance counselors [today] at all schools. Our pool at Lincoln School will be closed to all activities until further notice,” he added.
Amato later added that a third sibling was at the scene when the incident occurred, with sources with knowledge of the situation indicating that it was the brothers’ sister.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with an additional comment from Police Capt. Eric Amato.