A 5-year-old boy drowned during a family party at Jacob Riis Park beach on Saturday.
According to the News, Ezekiel Gray was playing in the water with his older brother and sister when he got caught in a current around 5 p.m. yesterday. "He was taken away by a wave, and no one could find him," a woman who identified herself as Gray's aunt told the tabloid.
An off-duty lifeguard pulled the unconscious boy out of the water; emergency responders, including EMS paramedics and National Park Police, performed CPR. The child was taken by ambulance to Brookdale University Hospital, where he was declared dead around 6:30 p.m.
"They put him on a stretcher, and they were trying to revive him. They really tried, but it was too late," Lilly Gonzalez told ABC.
The boy and his family, who live in East Flatbush, had been having a family party in the park before the drowning. The News adds some family members were upset that Gray hadn't been taken to a closer hospital.
The medical examiner will now determine the official cause of death.
Earlier this month, rescue workers pulled four people from the water in two separate instances at Jacob Riis Park beach.