Teen who never resurfaced in Haddam was trying to save sister

Search crews on Monday continue their efforts to locate a 17-year-old boy who was swept under water in Haddam on Sunday. (WFSB)

Environmental search crews on Tuesday found the body of a teen who jumped into the Connecticut River in Haddam to save his sister.

The body of Jay Agli, 17, of Meriden, was found just after 11:45 a.m. south of Haddam Island near Haddam Meadows State Park.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's EnCon police said they resumed the search around 9 a.m.

They said Agli, a Platt High School student, and another family member jumped into the water after a wake from a passing boat knocked his 19-year-old sister off of a sandbar.

The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

A passerby on a boat was able to pull the sister and the family member to safety. However, Agli never resurfaced.

Crews spent most of that night and most of the day on Monday scouring the river for any sign of Agli.

Those who know that area of the river told Eyewitness News that the river gets deeper. They said people go out in the sandbar in knee-deep water and don't realize that there's a drop off a few feet away.

DEEP said the water in the area was well over everyone's heads.

He was found near where he went into the water.

His exact cause of death remains under investigation.

Police asked that the passerby who helped rescue the two family members come forward so they can learn more about what happened.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family, which can be found here.

Agli was a student at Platt, which held its graduation on Tuesday evening.

Many at the ceremony who should be celebrating had heavy hearts.

"If you were feeling down and depressed he was there for you," said Kennedy Cosme, who was a close friend of Agli's.

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