Posted at: 07/05/2013 11:28 AM
By: Associated Press
Police say two teenage swimmers were pronounced dead after being pulled from a canal in Buffalo.
Local media report that the pair had been underwater for about 30 minutes before police divers found them Thursday night in the Union Ship Canal in South Buffalo.
Police on Friday identified the victims as 16-year-old Alexis Matte of Buffalo and 17-year-old Dondre Herring of Lackawanna.
Witnesses say they appeared to be struggling before disappearing underwater.
Divers found them deep in the mucky water after a 19-minute search. They were given CPR, but were unresponsive.
The victims were swimming in an area known as a hangout for local youths. That section of the canal is blocked by a fence.