WESTFORD, Mass. - A teen's body has been pulled from a quarry in Westford, police say.
Divers spent Tuesday afternoon searching Merrill's Quarry in Westford after a teen reportedly jumped into the water and never resurfaced.
Police say after 90 minutes, the teen's body was recovered from the water.
The Westford Fire Department said the 16-year-old jumped from a cliff into the quarry. His friends went in after him, according to the fire department.
A 17 year old boy’s body was recovered by a dive team from Merril’s Quarry in Westford - the teen was swimming with 3 friends. They all tried to save him but couldn’t. The quarry is popular but it is dangerous and off limits to swimmers. @boston25 pic.twitter.com/dDrkQXcwv8— Elysia Rodriguez (@ElysiaBoston25) August 7, 2018
Officials said the friends couldn't get to the teen who was struggling.
The Nashua, N.H. fire department confirmed their crews were on scene to assist.
"Unfortunately we were unable to locate them," Deputy Fire Chief Victor Neal said. "We called the Nashua, NH dive team, they did locate him about a quarter past 1 p.m.”
The 16-year-old was in about 30 feet of water when the incident occurred.
"A lot of danger with rocks, rebar, stolen cars," Neal said. "Just murky, too, when you get down about 10 feet. It’s just murky and dark.”
The entrance to the quarry is in Tyngsboro, but the quarry itself is in Westford. However, both communities have tried to keep people away.
The quarry was featured in the movie Grown Ups 2 in 2012, making it even harder to keep people away.
“Every summer, it’s a challenge for us to keep them out," Neal said. "It’s a spot that puts a spot on our resources, but we try to deter them by ticketing cars and putting notices out that they shouldn’t be out there.”
The 16-year-old has been identified as William Lopez.
The incident is under investigation.
No foul play appears to have been involved.
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