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Bodies of jet skiers recovered near Coney Island

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NYPD divers on Friday recovered the bodies of two boaters who went missing in the water near Coney Island on Thursday, according to the Coast Guard.

Police and Coast Guard units had been searching for the man and woman since they were seen going into the water near Leon Kaiser Park at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The pair were riding on a personal watercraft, also commonly called a jet ski, when the woman fell off, according to a witness. The man, who was driving, turned around and then went into the water after her, the witness, a fisherman, told Fox 5.

The man then went under water and didn't resurface.

Police found the bodies of Willie Tom, 46, and Celine Fu, 29, in Gravesend Bay.

Witnesses have told Fox 5 News that the boaters were not wearing life jackets, but officials have not confirmed that.

Two on-duty police officers also saw what happened, took off some clothes and dove in to attempt to rescue, leading to a full scale search, which started around 8:45 p.m.

"This is a very unfortunate incident which further stresses the importance of water safety and of wearing your lifejacket, especially while riding a jet ski," said Lt. j.g. Alfred Betts, a command duty officer with the Coast Guard.

A police helicopter and rescue boats from the NYPD and Coast Guard participated in the search.

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