Teen Dies After Fall into Cesspool, Along With Man Who Tried to Save Him

Officials say the cesspool is 16 feet deep and was about half full of waste.

Thursday, Jun 2, 2011  |  Updated 2:32 PM EDT
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Eduardo Vanegas-Fuentes, left, and Edgar Calderon-Castro, right

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A 16-year-old boy who fell into a 16-foot-deep cesspool on Long Island has died, and so has the 19-year-old friend who jumped in to try and save him.

Suffolk County Police say Eduardo Vanegas-Fuentes, 16, and Edgar Calderon-Castro, 19, were in the backyard of a house in Farmingville Wednesday night when they removed the cesspool's cover, not knowing what it was.

Then Vanegas-Fuentes lost his footing and fell into the cesspool, which was about half full of waste, police said.

While a third friend ran into the house to call 911, Calderon-Castro jumped into the cesspool and grabbed the boy, who was unconscious.

He held him while grabbing onto a hose that the third friend threw into the pool, authorities said.

Fire department rescuers arrived and pulled them out, using a long pole with hooks on one end.

They were taken to Stony Brook Hospital, where they both died Thursday morning.

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