Desperate search for a five-year-old boy who plunged into the Harlem River while climbing a tree
- Authorities have confirmed that a five-year-old boy went missing on Saturday
- The US Coast Guard Tri-State, NYPD and FDNY have partnered in the search
- The boy was last seen climbing a tree on a trip to Randall’s Island Park in New York City
- Witnesses said the boy fell into the Harlem River and disappeared before troubled parents could reach him
- The search by authorities is ongoing
New York authorities have been desperate to find a five-year-old boy who fell into the Harlem River on Saturday, as one witness said the last thing they saw was a small ‘arm out of the water’.
The US Coast Guard NYC and Tri-State confirmed on Saturday evening that they were looking for a young boy who disappeared near the shoreline of Randall’s Island.
The child was last seen climbing a tree at around 2:40 PM along Bronx Shore Road near the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. New York Post reports.
Authorities confirmed on Saturday that they were looking for a five-year-old boy who was missing near the coastline of Randall’s Island in New York City. Pictured: Divers search the Harlem River on Saturday
The US Coast Guard Tri-State, the New York Police Department and the New York City Fire Department are teaming up in the search. Pictured: Medical staff are nursing a woman on Randall’s Island
Pictured: A family appears distraught on Saturday after a five-year-old boy reportedly fell from a tree on Randall’s Island in the Harlem River
Luis Ramos was teaching football when the incident happened. He said the child’s arm was visible in the water for a moment as the parents frantically combed the area.
‘The parents jumped in, that’s why they are wet. They jumped in to find him. A few other parents also stepped in. The thing is, it’s so dark you can’t see anything in the water, ‘Ramos told the publication.
“I heard the parents say, ‘There! There!'” He said. ‘I saw an arm out of the water, that was it. The last thing I saw was an outstretched arm. ‘
Ramos said the child and his family were playing on Randall’s Island when he thinks they were approaching the water.
“Everyone was just playing and I think they went to the side of the water and something has to be done,” Ramos said.
Rosa Mencia, a local who was on Randall’s Island with her family, recounted New York Daily News a similar story and said she saw the young boy running to the water.
“The family was on the field with the kids and a lot of kids were playing soccer,” she said. Then a kid ran, just run to the water.
‘The boy – he went straight down. People ran into the water and they couldn’t get him. They were crying.
I looked at the father and he threw himself on the ground. He was crying. ‘
Karim Hutson, another witness, told NYDN that nearby witnesses ran to assist in the search after the boy disappeared.
‘I saw a number of people running to the water and people started stripping. Everyone started to see if they could find the kid, ”Hutson said.
‘There were about four or five people in the water and I think about a dozen people were running around the shore to see if they could find the child and they just couldn’t find him … Everyone was trying to see what they could do.
Hutson added that the incident was ‘tragic’ and ‘Honestly, there is so much trash in the water that it’s hard to see.’