Families of Bronx River Drowning Victims Call for Safety Fencing

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014  |  Updated 8:35 AM EDT
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The families of two teenage cousins who drowned in the Bronx River last Friday are making an emotional plea. Marc Santia reports.

The families of two teenage cousins who drowned in the Bronx River last Friday are making an emotional plea. Marc Santia reports.

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The families of two teenagers who died after going swimming in the Bronx River are calling on the city to erect a safety fence to avoid similar tragedies.

Erickson Villa and Wellington Gavin, both 13, were pulled from the river at Starlight Park over the weekend. They were part of a larger group of children who decided to go into the water on Friday.

Wellington's family members said he didn't know how to swim and that Erickson jumped in to save him.

The area has signs posted warning against swimming and boating.

The boys' families joined lawmakers Monday at the park on East 172nd Street to ask the city to put up safety fencing.

The Wall Street Journal says state Sen. Ruben Diaz said both families are seeking financial assistance to bury the teens in the Dominican Republic.

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