A preteen boy from Cedarhurst died Saturday after succumbing to injuries he sustained Friday when he fell off a water tube in Reynolds Channel and became caught in the propeller of a boat, Nassau County police said.
The boy, identified as Aaron Tepfer, tragically died Aug. 24 at an undisclosed Long Island hospital. He was 10 years old.
Nassau County police said Tepfer was tubing on the back of a boat in Reynolds Channel with five other child on Friday afternoon, when he fell out of the tube. The boat’s operator --- a father of one of the children – stopped the boat while Tepfer swam back towards the vessel, cops said. As the boy was attempting to climb back into the boat, his left leg became lodged in the propellers.
A group of Good Samaritans rushed to the boy’s aid and called 911. Nassau bay constables were eventually able to free Tepfer’s leg and he was taken by a Lawrence Fire Department boat to the Atlantic Beach Bridge and then taken by ambulance to a local hospital. After the incident Friday night, authorities said he was in serious condition. He soon succumbed to his injuries. The young boy was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 24.
According to a report on ‘Vos Is Neias?’, a news organization specifically geared toward the Orthodox Jewish community in New York, Tepfer attended the Yeshiva Darchei Torah in Far Rockaway. His mother is a fifth grade teacher at the school.
A funeral service was held Saturday morning.
Detectives said the incident has been deemed non-criminal.