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Lawrence, NY - Five Towns Orthodox Boy Killed in Freak Boat Accident

Published on: August 25, 2013 08:49 AM
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Lawrence, NY - A ten year old boy whose leg came in contact with a boat’s propeller while swimming in the waters of Reynolds Channel in Lawrence lost his fight for life over Shabbos.

Aaron Tepfer, the son of Tully and Rochel Tepfer, was swimming in the waters off Cedarhurst Yacht Club, three miles from his Cedarhurst home, when the incident occurred at approximately 2:20 PM on Friday afternoon.

According to reports on Newsday, Tepfer had gone tubing with four friends.  The tubes were being towed by the boat, a 27 foot Sea Ray Sundeck, when Tepfer fell into the water.  The boy swam toward the boat, which was stopped in the water, but his leg came into contact with the propeller as he attempted to re-board the boat.  After being informed of the accident by his own son, the boat’s operator kept Tepfer’s head above water, by grabbing onto his life jacket, keeping the boy from being dragged under water until help arrived.


ABC News is reporting that five different agencies were involved in the rescue attempt, including paramedics on boats and jet skis, who worked together to extricate Tepfer’s leg from the propeller.  Tepfer, who suffered serious blood loss, was stabilized at the scene and was transported to the foot of the Atlantic Beach Bridge, before being rushed to Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park.  Despite earlier optimistic reports in the local media, Tepfer, who was about to enter sixth grade, passed away on Shabbos.

The levaya will take place at 10 AM this morning at Yeshiva Darchei Torah where Aaron was a student and his mother is a 5th grade teacher.

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 09:48 AM Deveee Says:

BDE. GEVALD! Enough already!


 Aug 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Deveee Says:

BDE. GEVALD! Enough already!

BDE was fine. the rest of your comment was unnecessarily thoughtless.

we are not keeping count of tragedies, and this is not one of many to this family as it appears to be to you. You don't need to share something this pointless with the VIN readership.


 Aug 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM SandraM Says:

BDE Hashem Yishmor. What a tragedy!


 Aug 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM ZDarchei Says:

We regret to inform you of the petira of our talmid Aron Sholom Tepfer A"H. The levaya will be held tomorrow, Sunday, at 10 am in the Diamond Bais Medrash, 257 Beach 17 Street .

[The Nit check that was scheduled for then will take place instead from 2pm to 6pm.]

Shiva will be in the Tepfer home, 376 Rugby Road, Cedarhurst, NY.
Shacharis 7:30 am
Mincha/Maariv 7:20pm
The family requests that no visitors come after 10pm.

Mrs. Zahava Farbman, LMSW, Associate Director of Chai Lifeline's Crisis Intervention, Trauma and Bereavement Department will present to parents on helping our children cope with this tragedy. It is open to all parents who would like to come, at 9:00 pm in the Diamond Bais Medrash.

Israel call in number +972(0)76-599-0060
US call in number +1 424-203-8405

177249# Participant Access Code — at Yeshiva Darchei Torah.


 Aug 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM georgewashingtonbridge Says:

This family has been a pillar of the Cedarhurst community. May the Aibeshter have rachmonus on them and klal Yisroel.


 Aug 25, 2013 at 01:03 PM esther Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

BDE was fine. the rest of your comment was unnecessarily thoughtless.

we are not keeping count of tragedies, and this is not one of many to this family as it appears to be to you. You don't need to share something this pointless with the VIN readership.

#1's point was that klal yisroel is one family. and yes we are keeping count of all the suffering and begging Hashem to end this galus now.


 Aug 25, 2013 at 03:39 PM 5TResident Says:



 Aug 25, 2013 at 04:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Enoght alreaddy


 Aug 25, 2013 at 07:04 PM Anonymous Says:

why would you ask such a stupid quesiton at a time like this? what does it matter? does it make this death less of a tragedy?

And why would you immediately re-post your stupid, stupid question a second time under a different name?


 Aug 25, 2013 at 07:13 PM Anonymous Says:

I'm sure your comment is a great comfort to the grieving family. Thank you for sharing it. You are clearly a compassionate person with a good sense of what is appropriate to say, and when.


 Aug 25, 2013 at 07:58 PM hmmmm Says:

PS. Please ask this question in a few weeks from now. Don't make this family's pain worse.


 Aug 25, 2013 at 09:32 PM Anonymous Says:

You might need help. Please get it.


 Aug 25, 2013 at 09:40 PM Anonymous Says:

I'm not sure what planet your from but tubing is not by any stretch extreme. I just went a few weeks ago. If you have ever been to camp it's done all the time. The fact is freak accidents happen. This is one of them. Of course in hind sight you can always say why did they do this or that but that's not living in reality.


 Aug 25, 2013 at 09:40 PM Eagle Says:

Oy vey! This is very sad. May Hashem comfort their hearts and mend their wounds.


 Aug 26, 2013 at 09:35 AM NarishGeret Says:

BDE. We cry with you, we feel your pain.


 Aug 26, 2013 at 02:59 PM Sherree Says:

For all those who don't get it. WE lost a child this weekend. WE as in the Five Towns community and WE as in K'lal Yisroel. If YOU DON'T FEEL THE LOSS and the pain then I am sorry to say that you have a lot of work to do on yourselves.


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