Coney Island Creek scoured by authorities, bodies found next day

Jet ski mishap ends in double drowning on Independence Day

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A man and woman drowned Independence Day following a jet ski accident in the waters north of Kaiser Park.

Willie Tom, 44, manned the water craft with passenger, Celine Fu, 29, behind him. They rode into Coney Island Creek at 8 pm, when Tom made an abrupt turn, sending Fu flying into the waves, according to a New York Daily News report.

Tom quickly dived into the water to retrieve his panicking friend. The pair surfaced several times, then disappeared, according to witnesses

Police, fire fighters, and the coast guard searched by land, sea, and air last night with no results. At 12:35 pm Friday, they pulled a man’s body out of the waters north of Sea Gate, not far from where Tom and Fu went missing.

Less than an hour later, a woman’s body was recovered from the same waters

Neither Tom nor Fu were wearing life vests when they set out on the jet ski, according to the Daily News.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 10:12 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

diehipster from Actual Brooklyn says:
So sad. My thoughts are with these normal Brooklyn families.
July 8, 2013, 7:53 am
Johnny Hamnersticks from Brooklyn says:
Tragic. Not gonna Monday morning QB this, but safety first. The water will always win. Wearing a life vest is like wearing a seatbelt. Do it.
July 8, 2013, 8:05 am
tim from Real Brooklyn (B Ridge) says:
Sad. two fewer pwt's out there boozin up on jetskis.
July 8, 2013, 9:21 am
JohnnyHipster from Greenwood Cemetery says:
It's not just poor white trash that ride jet skis, it's also,no wait, never mind.
July 8, 2013, 10:42 am
Beverly from Brooklyn says:
Die Hipster ... Ex-cuh-use me! They are not a "normal" Brooklyn family! They are ASIANS!
July 8, 2013, 1:47 pm
tim from Real Brooklyn says:
So they were NOT pwt, in other words. My bad.

Still sad though.
July 8, 2013, 3:52 pm
Umtie Wellington from PH says:
I wonder if the police are investigating this. Seems a lot more like fowl play to me. I'd interview their families, friends, neighbors, etc. Case NOT closed!
July 9, 2013, 6:02 am

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