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Bodies Of Missing Jet Skiers Found Off Coney Island Shore

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Rescuers have recovered the bodies of a man and woman who fell off their jet ski Thursday night along the Coney Island shore.

Crews began searching for Celine Fu, 29, and Willie Tom, 46, around 8:45 p.m.

Investigators say they were on the jet ski with a third person when they went into the water.

Divers were able to pull one of them out safely.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, witnesses say Tom went missing while trying to search for Fu.

Speaking to reporters at the scene Friday, Tom's brother, Michael, said he will be remembered as a hero.

"He's gonna be greatly missed. There was no way he was going to come up without her," Michael Tom said. "She was struggling, and if she wasn't coming up, then neither was he. He was just that type of person."

While Tom was an experienced swimmer, Fu could not swim.

Officials said both victims were not wearing life jackets.

People NY1 spoke to at Kaiser Park said accidents on the water happen often.

"Somebody's lost here every year. At least one person," said one resident. "It's essentially because this water is very dangerous. I think it has to do with the fact that it cycles in under the bridge and makes it turn and goes out. So the water is not very stable. It's constantly moving like this. Almost like a whirlpool."

Despite that potential danger, people NY1 spoke to said it's not out of the ordinary to see jet skiers in the water. They said some come from as far away as beyond the Verrazano Bridge.

Eduardo Raposo, his daughter and her friend ride jet skis in the area. They come in from New Jersey and said that as long as you have the proper equipment, riding through Gravesend Bay and into Coney Island Creek isn't a problem.

"I check everything," Raposo said. "I don't let nobody go on my jet ski without life vest. We got whistle, the flag, the fire string."

Others said more needs to be more done to increase water safety.

"They don't watch this area back here," said one resident. "That's why jet skis do tricks and all nonsense. They do whatever they want to do. They need more security." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP