Body of boy, 10, found after drowning in Worcester pond

The body of a 10-year-old boy who drowned while swimming with friends in Worcester has been found, according to the Worcester Fire Department.

A dive team found the boy’s body about 8:20 this morning off the shore of Bell Pond, said Geoffery Gardell, deputy fire chief.

The boy, whose name is being withheld, was swimming with friends last night, according to a statement Worcester Police posted online today. About 5:42 p.m. yesterday, Worcester authorities responded to the call about a possible drowning. They were met on-scene by three boys, aged 11 and 12.

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“It was four friends, and one didn’t make it out,” Gardell said.

The 10 year old went further out in the water than the other boys, the statement said. He was seen going under water but never came back up.

The boys then called out to a woman who was nearby, who entered the pond and “frantically” searched for the boy until authorities arrived, the statement said.

Divers searched for an hour and 45 minutes last night, hustling during the crucial “golden hour” following the drowning report, Gardell said. The search was stopped at 8:06 p.m. because it was too dark. Teams resumed their search about 8 a.m. today.