Sergeant Christopher Vincenti and Police Officer Brian Muldowney and were met by Police Officers Jonathan McKiski and John Dean who all responded to the boardwalk area for the report of a missing 14 year old from Public School 721.
The autistic boy whose location was unknown at the time was made more difficult by the fact that the young teen is nonverbal. While searching for the boy the officers received a report of a man running toward the beach with no clothing on at West 12 Street.
Officers proceeded to that location where a woman who had witnessed the boy directed them to where she had last seen him. Officers located the boy in the water and attempted to direct him out of the water without success.
It was when they were unable to communicate to the boy to leave the water that three of the officers removed their duty gear leaving it with one of the officers and entered the water. After the three officers entered the very cold waters off Coney Island they were able to successfully retrieve the boy.
They placed some of their own clothing on him to prevent hypothermia and were able to secure a beach towel from a citizen to use for extra warmth until EMS arrived and took the child to Coney Island Hospital for treatment.