Separate pairs of siblings die over July 4th weekend
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Separate pairs of siblings die over July 4th weekend

Separate pairs of siblings die over July 4th weekend


Two pairs of siblings drowned over the weekend in New York and Maine.

In the first drowning case, New York Police officers responded Friday afternoon to a report of a water rescue at a beach in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

When police arrived on the scene, they were told that two female victims, later identified as Aisha and Zainab Mohammed of the Bronx, had “disappeared from view,” a spokesperson told USA TODAY. That prompted the department’s aviation, port and dive units to conduct a search.

Police said their bodies were pulled from the water and transported to a local hospital, where the sisters, aged 17 and 18, were pronounced dead.

An investigation is ongoing.

“I saw a lot of police and firefighters running towards the scene, and then before we knew it, the families of the victims went to the same place, but they were told to go to the boardwalk,” bystander Danny Quinones told CBS News New York. “It’s a very tragic event.”

According to reports, two teenage boys had to be rescued from the beach the next day. Both survived.

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Two teenage boys suspected of drowning found dead in Maine

Police are investigating the deaths of two teenage brothers whose bodies were found in the water at Holdsworth Park in Springvale, Maine, on Sunday evening, according to the Portsmouth Herald, part of the USA TODAY Network.

The cause of death for both teens was likely drowning, Sanford Police Maj. Matthew Gagne said in a news release Monday morning.

“No foul play is suspected at this time,” Gagne said.

Because the brothers are minors, police are not releasing their names.

At about 11 p.m. Sunday, police received a call that two brothers, both 17, had failed to return home by curfew. Police were told the brothers had gone to Holdsworth Park, known locally as “The Rec,” to go swimming, according to Gagne.

Sanford police and fire officers responded to Holdsworth Park and found the brothers’ vehicle.

“A search of the park and reservoir resulted in the discovery of two juveniles deceased in the water,” Gagne said in a news release.

Located on the Mousam River, Holdsworth Park is a popular spot in Sanford-Springvale. The park has a playground, two covered picnic areas and a large field for sunbathing, playing frisbee and other activities. At its beach, the city has roped off an area where people can swim.

Taylor Ardrey is a reporter for USA TODAY. You can contact her at [email protected].