Two dead in separate drownings in Goshen and Saugus lakes

Two men drowned this weekend in separate incidents in Goshen and Saugus, authorities said Sunday.

Orlando Burgos, 49, of Westfield, drowned while canoeing on Upper Highland Lake in Goshen on Saturday night, according to the office of Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan.

On Sunday night, 34-year-old Luis C. Espinoza Montero drowned while swimming in Pearce Lake in Breakheart Reservation in Saugus, according to the office of according to Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

Burgos was canoeing with two other people about 50 feet from the shore of Upper Highland Lake at the Daughters of the American Revolution State Forest when their canoe capsized at around 8 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.


Bystanders attempted unsuccessfully to rescue Burgos while the other two canoeists swam to shore.

State Police brought in a helicopter, an underwater team, divers, and state environmental police to search for Burgos, whose body was found underwater and brought to shore nearly three hours later.

The death appears to have been accidental, the Northwestern district attorney’s office said.

On Sunday night, according to State Police, Espinoza Montero was pulled from the water at Pearce Lake in Saugus sometime after 7:10 p.m. and rushed to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, where he later died. His address was unknown, according to the Essex district attorney’s office.

The circumstances of the drowning are being investigated by troopers from the Danvers Barracks, State Police Crime Scene Services Section and the State Police Detective Unit attached to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.