Parents of boys who drown off City Island fight for 911 legislation
An emergency tracking system is now in place for cell phone users thanks to four families who fought for the 911 legislation. Saturday marks one year from the day that four boys drown off the coast of City Island after making a 911 call that went untraced. The four boys were possibly on their way to Hart Island when their small boat capsized. The teens made one last desperate call to 911 from a cell phone as their boat was sinking. It wasn't until 14 hours later rescuers began their search. Since that night, the families of these boys have taken up a fight for 911 legislation. New York cell phone users have been paying a surcharge for a global tracking system, which could pin point the location of where a call is made. But this system wasn't in place at the time of the accident and these families say it could have given their boys a fighting chance. The system they've been fighting for is now in place in many parts of the city and expected to be complete this year.