10-Year-Old Girl Dies After Falling into Coney Island Water, Police Say
BROOKLYN — A 10-year-old girl died after she and her sister fell into the ocean off Coney Island while playing on a rocky jetty an hour after lifeguards had left the beach for the day, according to officials and reports.
Takara McDuffy and her 9-year-old sister were pulled from the water by passers-by near Stillwell Avenue about 7 p.m., according to the NYPD.
Takara was taken to Coney Island Hospital and pronounced dead, police said. The medical examiner's office will determine her cause of death.
Her sister was not injured, an NYPD spokesman said.
The two had been playing on a jetty that stretches out into the waves when they fell into the water, the New York Post reported. The NYPD couldn't confirm how the girls fell into the water.
Swimming is prohibited after the beach closes at 6 p.m. and lifeguards leave, according to the Parks Department website.
Police do not suspect any criminality, but said their investigation is ongoing.
Takara's death comes follows three other high profile swimming fatalities since the start of summer.