The two teenage brothers who drowned in a school swimming pool in New Jersey have been identified by local officials.
Jack Jiang, 16, who attended high school in Bayonne, and Chu Ming Zheng, 19, a recent graduate, were swimming in the bottom of a pool at Lincoln Community School during public swimming hours when lifeguards noticed that they were in distress. around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, WABC reported
Rescuers pulled the brothers out of the water and called 911. First responders attempted to revive the couple before they were taken to Bayonne Medical Center and pronounced dead.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and our entire community,” Bayonne Superintendent John Niesz told WABC.
The district said counselors will be available to students and staff.
The swimming pool, which is in an elementary school, is open to the public at night.
“That shouldn’t happen,” neighbor Luann Beatrice told WACB. “It’s not like they were 2 and 3 years old. They were 16 and 19, right? They swam, and there’s supposed to be a lifeguard.
The Bayonne Police Department, Bayonne School District, school insurance provider, and OSHA are each conducting independent investigations into the drownings.
The pool remained closed for investigation on Friday.
The Bayonne academy organized a fundraiser on behalf of the brothers’ family. The neighborhood will be collect gift card donations at the Korpi ice rink during the weekend.