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Sep 2, 2015 3:08 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Saige Pfeffer, 2, Pronounced Dead After Being Pulled From Westhampton Beach Swimming Pool

Sep 9, 2015 7:32 AM

UPDATE: Tuesday, noon

The 2-year-old child who was pulled from a pool in a Westhampton Beach backyard last week has died, according to police. She was identified as Saige Pfeffer.

Saige's parents, Daniel Pfeffer and Heather Landau, of New York City, noticed she was missing and found her in the backyard in-ground pool. The family was renting the Oneck Lane house for two weeks, said Westhampton Village Police Detective Ed Hamor.

Saige was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance. She was pronounced dead on Friday, September 4, due to drowning complications, Det. Hamor said.

UPDATE: Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.

A 2-year-old child nearly drowned in a pool in a Westhampton Beach backyard Wednesday afternoon, but rescue workers were able to revive the child. Officials would not describe the child’s condition.

Westhampton Beach Village Police responded to reports of a drowning on Oneck Lane Wednesday at 12:13 p.m.

The 2-year-old—police did not identify the child or provide the child’s gender—was in an in-ground swimming pool before becoming unresponsive, said Chief Trevor Gonce. He would not say if the child was being supervised by his or her parents at the time of the incident “because it’s still under investigation.”

When police arrived at the scene, CPR was already being performed, said Chief Gonce, but police quickly took over.

Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance also responded to the scene and transported the child to Peconic Bay Medical Center, Chief Gonce said.

Al Tudisco, the chief of the ambulance company, said when the child arrived at the hospital, doctors were able to get a pulse back.


The Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance responded to a reported drowning at a home on Oneck Lane in Westhampton Beach early Wednesday afternoon.

Al Tudisco, the chief of the ambulance company, said he could only confirm that an ambulance crew had been dispatched to the scene.

Westhampton Beach Village Police did not immediately return calls seeking comment about the incident.

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Great kudos to the first responders who literally saved the life of the little boy on Oneck Road on Wednesday. CPR classes should be given through the Westhampton Free Library if not being done already, and I would love to be the first to sign up. So important to learn how to perhaps save a life.
By Ibill (47), remsenburg on Sep 3, 15 3:18 PM
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The mother, who happens to be a doctor performed CPR on her daughter..... Until they came. . Everyone pray hard for this beautiful little girl....
By Cathy Weiss (3), west hampton on Sep 5, 15 10:13 AM
Does anyone know how the 2 year old is doing?
By janfernandez (3), Westhampton Beach on Sep 4, 15 6:17 AM
Apparently not well.... My heart breaks as I was on the scene when this occurred .... This family is forever broken. PEOPLE PUT A HATE AROUND YOUR POOL.. EVEN IF THE LAW States that you only need a gate around the perimeter if your house. Kids wander.... Please help me try to change this law!!!!! pool alarms don't work 80% of the time
By Cathy Weiss (3), west hampton on Sep 5, 15 10:09 AM
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We wouldn't know how the 2 ear old is doing because the press never updates the story...........It has said update for 3 different day now and its the same story.........typical media
By rjhdad (73), southampton on Sep 5, 15 1:00 PM
two year old I meant......sorry for typo
By rjhdad (73), southampton on Sep 5, 15 1:01 PM
I also witnessed this accident....and I am so sad for this family.....I find it so frustrating that the report is not updating us.......I hope we get some news soon.
By janfernandez (3), Westhampton Beach on Sep 5, 15 1:42 PM
Sorry to delver such sad news but I was informed this afternoon by a family member that the little girl didn't make it. With love and support, let us send strength to her family and friends for this long journey that lay ahead. URGE others to FENCE THEIR POOL, even if that is not what the law is... ,please please... Help save another life.... Amen
By Cathy Weiss (3), west hampton on Sep 6, 15 3:50 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear this news. I'm praying for this family.
By ceegeemee (1), westhampton beach on Sep 6, 15 9:50 PM
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I am so sorry to hear that she didn't make it. Every parents worst nightmare. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
By Polandspring (96), Southampton on Sep 6, 15 10:07 PM
I feared the worst. I am so sorry and our thoughts are with this family. Thanks for the update.....
By janfernandez (3), Westhampton Beach on Sep 7, 15 8:28 AM
So saddened by this. My heart goes out to the child, Saige, and her family and friends.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Sep 8, 15 6:30 PM
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2 years old seems extremely young to be left unattended outside where there is an Inground pool. An older child my be able to get outside, but 2?
By deelove (150), Bridgehampton on Sep 8, 15 10:34 PM
I'm sure they didn't deliberately leave the child unattended. One parent may have thought the child was with the other parent. Houses are bustling places. Laundry, making beds, phone is ringing, fixing lunch, maybe other small children needed attention-- who knows. It only takes a few minutes for the worst to happen. Their lives will never be the same.
By btdt (449), water mill on Sep 16, 15 7:43 PM
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As a parent of two toddlers, it is imperative that someone is assured that their babies are under the watchful eye of someone......my husband and I are constantly asking "where is abby?" "Is Victoria with you?"
By cat (18), Riverhead on Sep 19, 15 12:45 AM
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