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Two Brothers Drown in School Swimming Pool

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Two brothers drowned Wednesday night in the swimming pool at Lincoln Community School in Bayonne, N.J. 

Police and paramedics arrived on the scene at around 8:30 p.m. after witness saw the teen brothers in distress in the deep end of the pool. 

According to police, a lifeguard approached the deep end and observed the two victims unable to resurface. He then entered the pool with two other lifeguards, and they pulled the teens out of the pool and immediately administered CPR. 

The two victims were brothers, aged 16 and 19, and were taken to Bayonne Medical Center where they were pronounced dead after further life-saving efforts were unsuccessful.

The victims have not been identified, but the according to the local ABC affiliate, the school's superintendent said one was a recent graduate and the other was a high school junior. 

The pool is normally open at night for community use. How the brothers drowned is still under investigation. 

Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis posted this statement on Twitter Wednesday night:

"The City of Bayonne is in mourning tonight, as we learn of the passing of two teenage brothers, who drowned this evening at our Lincoln Community School Pool. I ask that we all respect the privacy of the family, as they deal with this unspeakable tragedy."

And Bayonne Public Schools Superintendent John Niesz said in a statement:

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and to all of our community. We will have additional crisis counselors and guidance counselors tomorrow at all schools."

The pool remained closed as of Thursday morning. 



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