Authorities ID 19-year-old Boston man who drowned off Castle Island Thursday

The teen was reportedly swimming with his brother when he didn't return to the water's surface.

The scene off Castle Island on Thursday where a Boston teen drowned. David L. Ryan/Globe staff

The 19-year-old Boston man who drowned Thursday while swimming off Castle Island has been identified.

Joao Alves Teixeira was reportedly swimming with his family members just after 1 p.m. Two of his relatives returned to shore, but Teixeira stayed in the water with his 20-year-old brother, according to state police.

“The pair was swimming approximately 150-200 yards from shore when the victim’s brother swam underwater, and when he re-surfaced, his brother was no longer in sight,” police said in a statement. “The brother then began to search for Mr. Teixeira and he himself began to struggle to stay afloat. DCR lifeguards entered the water, swam out, and rescued the brother.”


A rescue and recovery mission continued until around 7:25 p.m. when a Massachusetts State Police dive team found Teixeira in an area that reaches about 30 feet deep. He was brought to shore and pronounced dead.

The tragic scene at Castle Island on Thursday. – David L. Ryan/Globe staff
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