The family of a New York teen who was swept away to sea in Hawaii says they're grateful for the community's support.
According to the Coast Guard, 15-year-old Tyler Madoff of White Plains was with a tour group that stopped to rest in a tide pool on Big Island when a set of waves swept him away. A 14-year-old boy was also washed away, but was picked up by a private boat.
The search for Tyler includes scuba divers, helicopters and boats. His father has asked residents with personal boats also to assist.
In a statement Friday, Tyler's family requested privacy but expressed gratitude for people's support and prayers.
Neighbor Carol Ashe told the Journal News that the Scarsdale High School student would shovel her driveway in the winter.
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