A boy died after being trapped in plowed snowbank in New York for hours, despite responders attempting to resuscitate him at the scene after digging out him and his friend, who was hospitalized.
The boy, Joshua J. Demarest, was pronounced dead late Tuesday night, according to the Daily Mail. He was 13.
The two boys got stuck in the massive snowbank while digging a fort.
Police were called to the scene in Greenwich, New York, at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday after a family member reported the two boys missing, telling police that they were last seen around 3 p.m., News10 reported.
A Department of Public Works truck was plowing in the same area where the boys were when they got stuck.
When first responders arrived on the scene, they began performing CPR on Demarest before taking him to Saratoga Hospital, News10 reported.
The boy’s friend was found conscious and was also taken to the hospital.
“There was probably a dozen-and-a-half men with shovels and bare hand digging, and I think they moved – with no exaggeration – seven tons of hard packed snow in about 10 minutes time,” said Greenwich-Cambridge Police Chief George Bell, according to News10.
A responding officer had conducted an initial search for the boys, according to CBS News, but the search later called for “more officers, New York forest rangers, state police K9 units and an aviation unit.”
According to News10, it’s unclear whether the boys became trapped in the snowbank due to the snow plow or after the fort they were digging collapsed.
Demarest’s friend told police that he heard heavy machinery before everything went dark inside the snowbank.
Demarest was a seventh-grade student at Greenwich Central.
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