Two teenagers reportedly died of drowning at a pool in a community school in New Jersey despite having at least three lifeguards on duty according to authorities.

The teens were brothers and identified only as Mr. Zheng and Mr. Jiang. Both were found at the deep end of the pool at the Lincoln Community School in Bayonne on Wednesday, June 8, according to the Post.

Lifeguards allegedly noticed that the two teenagers were in distress and unable to surface before 8:30 p.m.

Three guards jumped into the water and pulled out the brothers. Life-saving measures were administered afterward and they also called 911. Paramedics arrived within minutes and also performed CPR on the two teenagers.

Both teen victims were immediately rushed to the Bayonne Medical Center. However, efforts to revive them failed.

The teens were aged 16 and 19-years-old respectively. The former is a current Bayonne High School junior while the other had recently graduated from the school.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and to all our community,” Bayonne Public Schools Superintendent John Niesz said in a statement. “We will have additional crisis counselors and guidance counselors [Thursday] at all schools.”

Investigations are currently being done independently by the Bayonne Police Department, the Bayonne School District, the school insurance provider and OSHA.

As of this writing, further details remain unavailable.

A fundraiser on behalf of the teens' family is being organized by the Bayonne School District. They are collecting gift card donations at Korpi Ice Rink over the weekend.

The pool was reportedly open at night for community use.

According to NBC New York, the 11-year-old sister of the brothers saw the incident unfold. A Bayonne official also added that there were communication issues during the emergency response.

"You gotta give the police department time, the board of education is going to do their investigation, OSHA will do an investigation, and the board of education will also have an independent investigation into it," Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis said. "So we will know what happened but that will take time."

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