Investigation underway after 17-year-old drowns in Groton river

GROTON, Mass. — A massive search for a missing swimmer who disappeared under the waters of the Sqannacook River took place in Groton on Wednesday afternoon.

Sky 25 was over the scene as a dive team searched for the missing swimmer. Several local departments responded to the area, which locals said is a popular swimming spot. The place where the teens were swimming is down a path off of Townsend Road.

The Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan and Groton’s Police Chief said reports of a missing swimmer initially came in around 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.

They said a group of five friends was using a rope swing to jump in and out of the water, and that’s when a 17-year-old boy went under trying to cross the river. He never resurfaced.

Police said that officers helping to find the teen reported that the water level was very high due to recent rains and the current was visibly strong. After searching the water for nearly an hour, the teen was pulled from the river at 4:30 p.m. and taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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