Two teenage brothers, 16 and 19, drown in New Jersey swimming pool in front of 11-year-old sister


Two teenage brothers, 16 and 19, drown in front of their 11-year-old sister at a New Jersey school swimming pool while three life guards were on duty

  • Jack Jiang, 16, and his brother, Chu Ming Zheng, 19, were swimming at Lincoln Community School’s swimming pool in Bayonne, New Jersey, on Wednesday
  • Three lifeguards were on duty but the pair were swimming in a closed-off area
  • They died at Bayonne Medical Center after receiving emergency CPR at scene

Two teenage brothers have died after drowning in a school swimming pool while their 11-year-old sister watched on.

Jack Jiang, 16, and his 19-year-old brother Chu Ming Zheng, were reportedly swimming in the closed-off dive pool instead of the main swim area at Lincoln Community School’s public swimming pool in Bayonne, New Jersey.

The three lifeguards on duty were monitoring the community swim in the main area – but noticed the two boys were in distress and ‘unable to resurface’ in the smaller, but deeper pool just before 8.30pm on Wednesday 8 June.

Although the two pools are understood to be connected somehow, it not yet known how the brothers ended up in the closed-off area.

Chu, 19, had just finished his freshman year at the University of Miami, while 16-year-old Jack was set to start his senior year at Bayonne High School in the fall, where Chu had also graduated from last year.

The lifeguards quickly jumped in to pull out Jack and Chu and performed CPR immediately, also calling 911, who had paramedics on the scene within minutes to help with the life-saving attempts after the brothers became unresponsive.

The pair, who were Chinese American, were rushed to Bayonne Medical Center, which is just two blocks, 0.16km (0.1miles) away from Lincoln Community School, but sadly it was too late. They died in the hospital that evening.

Jack Jiang, age 16

Chu Ming Zheng, age 19

Two teenage brothers Jack Jiang, 16 (left), and 19-year-old Chu Ming Zheng (right), died after drowning in Lincoln Community School’s public swimming pool in Bayonne, New Jersey, on Wednesday

An official said that their 11-year-old sister watched the incident unfold.

School Superintendent John Niesz said in a statement to the Bayonne Community on June 9: ‘As you may be aware, last evening, two brothers, one a recent graduate of Bayonne High School and the other a current Bayonne High School junior, passed away.

‘They both were at the Lincoln Community School pool last evening and tragically drowned. Today, I have spoken to the family and, with their blessing, we would like to start a fundraiser on behalf of the Zheng and Jiang family.

Lincoln Community School's public swimming pool in Bayonne, New Jersey, pictured. The three lifeguards on duty were monitoring the community swim in the main area - but noticed the two boys were in distress and 'unable to resurface' in the smaller, but deeper pool just before 8.30pm on Wednesday 8 June

Lincoln Community School’s public swimming pool in Bayonne, New Jersey, pictured. The three lifeguards on duty were monitoring the community swim in the main area – but noticed the two boys were in distress and ‘unable to resurface’ in the smaller, but deeper pool just before 8.30pm on Wednesday 8 June

‘The incident remains under investigation by the Bayonne Police Department. Investigations and reports are also being conducted by the school district, school insurance carrier, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

‘I would also like to advise our community that the Bayonne School District will immediately commission an independent investigation into this incident.’

He also commended the staff, first responders and administration for their efforts to try and save Mr Zheng and Mr Jiang. 

The pool has been closed until further notice as the police investigation continues. Bayonne School District is fundraising for the boys’ family by collecting gift card donations at Korpi Ice Rink at various times over the weekend.

Chu, 19, had just finished his freshman year at the University of Miami, while 16-year-old Jack was set to start his senior year at Bayonne High School (pictured) in the fall, where Chu had also graduated from last year

Chu, 19, had just finished his freshman year at the University of Miami, while 16-year-old Jack was set to start his senior year at Bayonne High School (pictured) in the fall, where Chu had also graduated from last year

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