• 72-year-old dies after being pulled from water at Duxbury beach

    By: Malini Basu

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    DUXBURY, Mass. - A swimmer has died after being pulled from the water in Duxbury. 

    Just after noon on Monday, police were called to the beach on Ship Yard Lane for a "swimmer in distress."

    People on kayaks and paddleboards saw the 72-year-old man about 100-yards off the beach and pulled him to safety. 

    "They were able to pull the individual, identified as a 72-year-old male to the shoreline, they did some CPR until he was transported," said Duxbury Police Chief Stephen McDonald. 

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    The man was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

    His identity has not yet been released. Police are still trying to figure out if he was swimming alone, or if he with someone. 

    Cheryl Gleason and her family frequent what they call a private beach on Shipyard Lane in Duxbury. Gleason and her family were saddened when they heard the heartbreaking news.

    "I have an 11-year-old and a 9-year-old, we take them here to kayak," she said. "They were out here on lessons, so calm and not a care in the world."

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