What to Know
- A child has died after the boat he and 7 other people were on started taking on water Friday, sources familiar with the investigation say
- A call about the boat in distress at Haverstraw Marina in Rockland County came in around 1:30 p.m. Friday
- Seven people were on the boat at the time, including the child, who is thought to be about 8 years old
A child died after the boat he and seven other members of his family were on started taking on water Friday, sources familiar with the investigation tell News 4.
A call about the boat in distress at Haverstraw Marina in Rockland County came in just before 1:30 p.m., according to Chris Kear, the director of emergency services for Rockland County. A father and seven children were aboard when it took on water and flipped over.
It wasn't clear what caused the boat to take on water, nor was it known if anyone else was flung into the water aside from the boy, who was believed to be about 8 years old.
The child — who was wearing a life vest — went missing for some time before rescuers found him and performed CPR. He was rushed to Montefiore Nyack Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The child is the grandson of an internationally prominent rabbi, sources familiar with the investigation tell NBC New York. A large crowd turned out for the boy's funeral before sundown.
There were no immediate reports of anyone else missing.
It wasn't clear if all the passengers were wearing life vests or if it was a private vessel.
No other information was immediately available.