QUINCY, Mass. — A 19-year-old teen has died after he was pulled from the water at Mound Street Beach in Quincy on Sunday, police said.
Police have identified the drowning victim as Elissandro Silva of Brockton.
The Quincy drowning occurred hours after another teen was pulled from a Dedham pool earlier Sunday, and that teen was in critical condition on Sunday, police said.
Quincy police and dive teams were quick to respond to Mound Street Beach after Silva went missing in the water. Police were called to the beach around 2:15 p.m. for a report of a person who had entered the water and had not resurfaced.
“All of a sudden I hear people screaming somebody’s drowning, call 911 and they came pretty quickly,” said Suzin Moore, who was at the beach at the time.
Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan said the teen was trying to retrieve a ball from the water when he went under.
“As he was going under, he waved to some of the people on the shore, they didn’t realize he was in distress, they thought he was just playing or waving, so at that point he went under and didn’t come up, they became concerned immediately and they called 911,” said Keenan.
Multiple agencies responded to the beach area. Keenan said dive teams had trouble finding the teen since there was a big drop off in the water.
“At low tide as you can see when you go out the beach drops off pretty significantly, the gentleman was recovered in about 20 feet of water, the water is murky and there’s usually a good current that goes in and out here during the tide changes,” said Keenan.
Keenan said a man on his private boat nearby was actually the one who jumped into the water to recover the teen when dive teams couldn’t find him.
“Very fortunately he was an experienced diver and he had his equipment with him,” said Keenan.
But despite rescue efforts, the outcome turned out tragic.
“They searched, they had divers, they had boats and for a good 30 minutes, we were all just waiting and they finally pulled him out,” said Moore. Silva was taken by ambulance to South Shore Hospital.
The police chief said people need to be more careful when going into the water especially since the water is still very cold this early in the season.
Sunday’s incidents in Quincy and Dedham occurred as the region is seeing a spate of drownings in recent weeks.
On Saturday, a 68-year-old Bridgewater man drowned in a Plymouth pond.
On Friday, Worcester Police Officer Emanuel ‘Manny’ Familia died while trying to save the life of Troy Love, 14, who also drowned, from a local pond.
On May 27, a 39-year-old Quincy man drowned at Houghton’s Pond in Milton while trying to retrieve a soccer ball that had gone into the water.
On May 26, a 16-year-old boy died after police said he drowned in a pond in Framingham.
And on May 15, two boys, ages 12 and 13, drowned in a pond at D.W. Field Park in Brockton.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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