QUEENS — A 14-year-old boy swimming in the waters off Far Rockaway died Tuesday afternoon, despite desperate efforts by rescue divers to save him, officials said.
A civilian jumped into the waters before emergency crews arrived and pulled the other boy to safety, police said. His injuries were not life-threatening, a police spokesman said.
The bystander, who was not identified, did not appear to be hurt, police stated.
Craig, however, could not be found, prompting a frantic search that lasted for about 40 minutes, officials said.
"People over here were trying to save him, but they couldn't get out that far," said Dayquwas Gales, 14. "He went out too far and basically started drowning."
When FDNY divers finally reached Craig, they tried to resuscitate him before rushing him to St. John's Hospital, a spokesman said.
He was pronounced dead a short time later.