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16-Year-Old Drowns While Using Rope Swing At Framingham Pond

FRAMINGHAM (CBS) – A 16-year-old boy drowned Wednesday evening while using a rope swing at a pond in Framingham.

Police said the boy was playing on the rope swing at Learned Pond around 6 p.m. A friend who was swimming with the teenager called 911 when he did not resurface.

Deputy Police Chief Sean Riley said officers were there within minutes of the 911 call and dove into the water. They quickly found the boy and began CPR. He was rushed to Metrowest Medical Center but did not survive.

"It's a traumatic event. A lot of us have kids this age. So you pull someone who could be your kid out of the water and do CPR on them, and it's unsuccessful, it's troubling," said Riley.

"It appears to just be a tragic accident where he drowned. I think we all know that even shallow water if you don't know how to swim and you go under and you panic, you may not be able to come up."

The rope swing was taken down and other limbs in the area have been trimmed so another one can't be put up.

Riley said the swimming area is a popular spot as the weather heats up and some children are at the pond unsupervised.

"Unfortunately we see these incidents far too often," he said.

The boy's name has not been released but Riley said he lived in Framingham.

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