Two teenage boys who recently lived in Hampstead drowned in Hawaii last week, according to the boys’ aunt.
Adam Larkin, 16, and his brother, Gabriel, 14, were swept out to sea while swimming off a beach in Puna, Hawaii, on Thursday along with their father and another relative, the Hawai’i Police Department said.
After Adam and the two adults were rescued by a fire department helicopter, he was pronounced dead at Hilo Medical Center, according to police.
A four-day water-and-air search for Gabriel ended Sunday evening. An autopsy was scheduled for Adam on Tuesday.
The boys’ aunt, Raina Larkin Thorne, said both boys were born in Oahu, Hawaii, and when they were toddlers, the family moved to Hampstead, where they lived for many years.
“They went to some schools that helped them with their autism,” Thorne said. “They had just moved to the Big Island of Hawaii when the accident occurred.”
Thorne organized a GoFundMe to pay for medical costs and search-and-rescue bills.
“They were the kindest, sweetest, most loving boys who were each other’s best friends,” Thorne wrote in the GoFundMe description.