Bodies of Missing Jet-Skiers Recovered in New York’s Coney Island Creek


0  Updated at 12:14 pm, July 5th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New York police recovered the bodies of a man and woman on Friday who disappeared during the evening of July 4 after they fell off a jet ski.

The pair was identified by the New York City Police Department as an Asian woman, 29, and an Asian man, 44. ABC Affiliate WABC has identified them as Willie Tom of Manhattan and Celine Fu of Brooklyn.

A spokesperson for the New York City Police Department said the NYPD received a call at 8:15 p.m. on July 4 from witnesses near the Coney Island Creek in Brooklyn claiming that the pair had fallen off a jet ski.

Lt. Alfred Betts, the command duty officer for the New York City Coast Guard, told ABC News that the male was driving the jet ski when the female fell off. The male circled around to pick her up, jumped out to help her, and they went underwater and did not resurface.

Betts said the pair were not wearing life-jackets, but could not comment on their swimming capabilities.

Betts said the creek ranges from 3 to 16 feet deep.

According to the website of the New York City Parks and Recreation, Coney Island Creek is the only remaining creek in that area.

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