Authorities in New York launched a desperate search for a five-year-old boy who fell in the Harlem River on Saturday, as a witness said the last thing they saw was a small 'arm sticking out of the water.'
The United States Coast Guard Tri-State confirmed on Saturday evening that they were looking for a young boy who vanished near the shoreline of Randall's Island.
The child was last seen climbing a tree along Bronx Shore Road near the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge around 2.40pm, New York Post reports.
Authorities on Saturday confirmed that they were searching for a five-year-old boy who went missing near the shoreline of Randall's Island in New York City. Pictured: Divers search the Harlem River on Saturday
The United States Coast Guard Tri-State, the New York Police Department and New York City Fire Department have partnered in the search. Pictured: Medical staff attends to a woman at Randall's Island
Pictured: A family appears distraught on Saturday after a five-year-old boy reportedly fell from a tree at Randall's Island and into the Harlem River
Luis Ramos was coaching children playing soccer when the incident happened. He said that the child's arm was briefly visible in the water as parents frantically combed the area.
'The parents jumped in, that’s why they’re wet. They jumped in to look for him. A couple of other parents jumped in too. The thing is it’s so dark you can’t see anything in the water,' Ramos told NYPost.
'I heard the parents going: "Over there! Over there!"' he said. 'I saw a little arm out of the water, that was it. The last thing I saw was an arm sticking out.'
Ramos said that the child and his family were playing at Randall's Island when he thinks they approached the water.
'Everybody was just playing around and I guess they went to the side of the water and something must of happened,' said Ramos.
Witnesses said that a number of parents rushed into the Harlem River on Saturday after realizing the child was missing
Pictured: Crew with the New York City Fire Department stand along the shoreline of Randall's Island with at least two gurneys
Pictured: Divers at Randall's Island search for the missing five-year-old on Saturday