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Report says town not to blame in Morses Pond drowning

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Even though it recommended improved marking of deep areas and better testing of young swimmers, an independent review of Wellesley’s Morses Pond suggests that the drowning of a 10-year-old New Hampshire boy at the popular town beach last summer probably could not have been prevented by the town.

“In sum, Morses Pond is a well-run waterfront facility,” said the report, compiled by DeRosa Aquatic Consulting and recently posted to Wellesley’s official town website. “Like many recreational activities, swimming involves an element of risk that can never be fully eliminated.”

The investigation’s findings came after Alexander Glennon, of Manchester, N.H., was found dead June 1 in a designated swimming area of Morses Pond. Glennon’s father told authorities at the beach that his son knew how to swim.

The consultants said the town followed all of its recommendations before reopening the pond after the drowning.

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