The Melville Fire Department was called to the scene on Holly Court just before 9 a.m. Wednesday. The water in the pool was dark and green because it was undergoing renovations, so it took the firefighters several minutes to find the second boy.
Police say the mother woke up and saw her 5-year-old but noticed that her twins were not inside the home.
Medics and police officers jumped in the pool - which was "murky" and hard to navigate - and retrieved the other boy from the bottom, officials said. "That child was pulled from the pool and we began life-saving treatment on the second child also". "I know many people have great fun with pools and want pools when they have children so I don't judge".
"The hospital worked feverishly for a different outcome but it was not to be today", Andrea Mineo, a spokeswoman for Plainview Hospital said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragic situation".
Officials said it's unclear how the children escaped out of the house where, according to sources, the family had recently moved in about two months ago.
"I called my husband at home and even he's crying". "I wish this never happened to anybody". "That's all I know".
The house changed hands late past year to a corporate owner, and officials said some work was done on the pool area this spring. "It's been very scary".
Sue had been sleeping in the house when the boys snuck outside, authorities reported.
The Town of Huntington will soon assess whether the family pool was in violation of any town regulations, but it appears the property was in compliance with the code, according to WPIX.
Their father, Patrick, was on his way to work at the time.