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Fall River boy dies in drowning

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A 14-year-old Fall River boy died in an accidental drowning incident this afternoon at South Wattupa Pond in Fall River.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, the victim and his friend, a 13-year-old girl, jumped into the pond from a rocky ledge around 12:45 p.m. today. According to the preliminary investigation, both the victim and the female were immediately showing signs of distress as soon as they entered the water. Three male adult bystanders. who saw the two individuals flailing in the water, entered the pond to attempt to rescue both of them. The bystanders were successful in assisting the female, but were unable to rescue the male victim before he went under and did not resurface.

Fall River Police were called at 12:52 pm and the first responding officers dove into the water to attempt to locate the victim, but were unsuccessful. The victim was removed from the water about 40 minutes after going under by members of the Fall River Fire Department’s Dive Team. The victim was rushed to St. Anne’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The female victim and two of the adult male bystanders who entered the water to attempt a rescue were also taken to St. Anne’s Hospital as a precaution and none suffered any serious injury.

The deceased victim is not being publicly identified at this time, as next of kin have not yet been fully notified of the death.

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  1. Bob Valcourt

    July 17, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    This is a sad event and caution should be given to all people who are not familiar with the areas they are swimming especially since there are no life guards to help. In 1955 a seven year old drowned in what was known as Bleachery Cove in the NW side of South Watuppa Pond. His 8 or 9 year old sister was unable to save him . Never dive or jump into water you don’t know and make sure you know how to swim. I grew up on that lake and knew where you could swim safely.

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