WORCESTER – A 13-year-old boy from Worcester died early Thursday morning after drowning in Bell Pond on Wednesday night.
According to the Worcester Police Department [WPD], just after 8 PM on Wednesday police were dispatched to Bell Pond for a report of a distressed swimmer. When an officer arrived, he saw several people yelling that there was a boy missing in the water and several others in the water searching for the boy.
The officer joined the others in the water and formed a water line search but they could not locate the boy.
The Worcester Fire Scuba Team arrived and found the boy in three and a half minutes. The boy was found in 12 feet of water — 69 feet away from the shore. Immediately, life support measures were conducted on the boy. They estimated that he was in the water for about 15 minutes. He was rushed to the hospital and a pulse was restored and the boy began to breathe.
However, the boy was unable to pull through and was pronounced dead at 2:50 AM.
WPD investigators learned that the four lifeguards on duty on Wednesday ended their shift at 7 PM. Signs were posted prior to the conclusion of their shift that the was beach was closed for the remainder of the day. The lifeguards also had all the people get out of the water and told them the beach was closed. .
The investigation is ongoing. The name of the teen will not be released until all proper notifications have been made to the family.