Plymouth Kayaker Latest To Drown In Series Of Recent Incidents


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A kayaker in Plymouth, a Worcester police officer and a visiting teenager from Virginia are the latest to die in a string of drowning incidents in Massachusetts lakes and ponds over the last few weeks.

On Saturday, a 68-year-old man was found unresponsive in an overturned kayak at White Island Pond in Plymouth along Arrowhead Road.

He was reportedly found by a passing jet-skiier, according to the Plymouth Fire Department. The man was pulled from the water at around 3:00 in the afternoon, but was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials have not yet released the man's identity.

A 14-year-old boy visiting from Virginia and Worcester Police Officer Enmanuel "Manny" Familia both drowned in Worcester's Green Hill Pond on Friday, after Familia charged in to save the boy. Family of the boy, Troy Love, told WBZ-TV that the teen was a strong swimmer.

At least four others have drowned in lakes and ponds in Massachusetts last month. A man drowned trying to get a soccer ball out of Houghton Pond in Milton on May 27, a 16-year-old boy drowned in Learned Pond in Framingham on May 26, and two teenage cousins drowned at a lake in Brockton's D.W. Field Park on May 14.

WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports:

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