18-year-old dies after being pulled from water at Gloucester quarry

The teen jumped off a rock with a friend but didn't resurface.

An 18-year-old man died Wednesday after being pulled from the water at a Gloucester quarry.

Massachusetts State Police spokesperson David Procopio said in an email to Boston.com that the teen, who has not been identified, was swimming with friends at a quarry pit swimming hole.

Procopio said the teen jumped off a high rock into the water with a friend. The friend quickly resurfaced, but the victim didn’t.

Gloucester police said in a news release that the teen and his friends were swimming in a quarry in the Lanesville section of Gloucester.

They said they were called to the scene around 1:15 p.m., and were on scene conducting a search and rescue mission for the teen by 1:21 p.m.


The State Police dive team was called in by Gloucester police around 1:20 p.m., Procopio said. The divers found the victim at 2:49 p.m., Gloucester police said.


Procopio said the victim was taken to Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester where he was pronounced dead.

Procopio said State Police detectives assigned to the Essex District Attorney’s Office and Gloucester Police are handling the death investigation, but Gloucester police said that foul play is not suspected.

NBC 10 Boston reported that Gloucester Asst. Fire Chief Robert Rivas told reporters the quarry is a popular spot for swimming, although there are signs around warning against swimming and trespassing.

“We try to keep it to a minimum but people find their way here,” Rivas said. “…Our guys made a really valiant effort to get in there and get him out,” Rivas said.


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