Teenage twin brothers died after one fell into Lake Miami and the other jumped to save him — neither sibling knew how to swim
- The twins were playing near the lake at Arthur Woodard Park in northwest Miami
- Witnesses said one of the twins was pushed into the lake by another teenager
- The brother jumped into the water to try to save his twin but police say the boys did not know how to swim and started drowning
Two teenage twin brothers drowned after one fell into a Miami lake and the other jumped after him, officials said.
The boys were playing near a lake at Arthur Woodard Park in Miami on Friday around 3 p.m. when another teen pushed one of the twins into the water, according to a witness.
Police said the other twin jumped into the lake to try to save his brother, but the boys did not know how to swim and started drowning.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene and three divers went into the water looking for the missing boys. Once they were located, paramedics performed CPR and took them both to a nearby hospital.
Officials said one of the twins died in hospital, while the other twin was listed in critical condition, but later died.
Teenage twin brothers have tragically died after one brother fell into Lake Miami and the other twin jumped in an attempt to save him, officials said, both drowning.
Police and witnesses at the scene where tragedy occurred Friday afternoon at Arthur Woodward Park located on Northwest 99th Street in Northwest Miami.
Horrified witness Miguel “El Skipper” Quintero who lives on the other side of the lake watched the divers search the lake for about an hour.
He told NBC6 Miami that the lake is about 15 feet deep.
“You never want to see something like this…” Quintero said.
At the crime scene, a Miami-Dade official told the news outlet, “My heart goes out to their family.”
“It’s a very sad event when you have a bunch of kids playing in a park on a beautiful day for this to happen,” he said.
The Miami-Dade Police Department did not respond to a request for comment.
The boys’ identities and ages have not been revealed. Officials said police are in the process of notifying family members.
Florida ranked sixth in the United States in unintentional drowning deaths per capita among children ages 0-17 in 2022, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The news outlet reported that this year, there have already been 22 drowning cases in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families.
In 2022, the department reported a total of 93 drowning cases.
An unidentified woman comforts a young girl in the park near the site of the drownings
Miami-Dade and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials rushed to the park when they were alerted that two people were in the water