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Morses Pond to remain closed as Wellesley police investigate drowning

Posted by Leslie Anderson  June 5, 2013 09:54 AM

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Morses Pond in Wellesley will remain closed until further notice as police continue to investigate the death of a 10-year-old New Hampshire boy who drowned in the popular swimming spot last weekend, police and town officials said Wednesday.

In an open letter emailed by police to Wellesley residents, officials offered condolences to the family and friends of Alexander Glennon of Manchester, N.H., and provided details about the drowning, which occurred Satruday.

"On June 1, the pond was fully staffed with eight lifeguards," the letter said. "Alexander was visiting the pond with members of his extended family. Late Saturday afternoon a lifeguard observed a woman looking around the beach area.The lifeguard approached her and asked if everything was OK. She explained that she was looking for a missing ten year old boy but thought he might be with another family member."

The lifeguard offered to clear the water and begin a search, the letter said. "After quickly confirming that Alexander was not with his father, the lifeguard immediately activated the prearranged Emergency Action Plan."

The plan includes the removal of all swimmers from the water, a 9-1-1 call to the Wellesley Emergency Communication Center, a search of the grounds surrounding the pond including the lifeguard house, shoreline and parking area, and a thorough line search of the water.

Members of the Wellesley Police Department arrived within four minutes of receiving the 9-1-1 call, the letter said. The Wellesley Fire Department, Natick Fire Department, Massachusetts State Police, and the Massachusetts Environmental Police also responded.

"The officers on the scene coordinated a search of the beach and surrounding areas. Two Wellesley Fire Department divers arrived on scene and located Alexander in the water soon thereafter." the letter said.

Members of the Wellesley Fire Department and AMR paramedics began administering CPR to the boy and continued the efforts while en route to Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

"Medical personnel continued treatment but despite their best efforts, they were not able to save Alexander," the letter said.

Due to the ongoing investigation, Morses Pond will remain closed until further notice, the letter said, and all inquiries should be directed to the Wellesley Police Department.

"We wish to thank all of the lifeguards, Morse’s Pond staff and all the first responders involved in this tragic accident for their professionalism and dedication during the search for Alexander," the letter said. "Grief counselors have been made available to the lifeguards. Our heartfelt sympathies extend to the family and loved ones of Alexander Glennon."

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