NY Daily News - July 15, 2012by Denis Slatery and Sarah Armaghan
Ebrima, whose friends called him "Rambo," could not swim, his family said. He tumbled in after climbing over a fence that separates the waters from Roberto Clemente State Park near Richman Plaza at the River Park Towers, police sources said.
He was pulled out a short time later by FDNY divers, officials said, and was taken to Bronx Lebanon Hospital in cardiac arrest. He died about 90 minutes later.
"His parents didn't know where he was. They didn't know until they got a phone call that he was in the water," said the boy's cousin, Andrea Brown, 41. "We just saw him. He's gone, just lifeless. He couldn't swim."
Residents in the River Park Towers were having a Family Day celebration when it turned grave.
Ebrima was with a pal when he slipped into the water. The friend immediately raced from the scene to get help, family members said.
"He looked bad, he was in the water for a long time," said Rahmel Gray, 42, who saw the divers bring the boy from the water. "It's real windy out and the currents look real strong."
"He couldn't have weighed more than 80 pounds," Gray said. "It's just a tragic thing to have happen."
Family friend Bakary Camara said the tragedy should never have happened.
He expressed outrage over the height of the fence that Ebrima scaled.
"The fact that a 10-year-old could climb over this fence is not right," Camara said. "Safety is obviously not paramount there. It needs to be improved, so something like this never happens again."