WELLESLEY, MASS. (WHDH) - A man who went missing while canoeing died after he was pulled from Longfellow Pond in Wellesley Monday evening.
Emergency crews responding to reports that a canoe had capsized and sent a man and woman into the water searched the area for an hour and a half until divers located the man unconscious and unresponsive about 10 yards away from the shore around 5:20 p.m., according to police.
The man was put into the back of an ambulance where first responders worked to resuscitate him then rushed him to Newton Wellesley Hospital where he later died.
The woman was able to make it to shore on her own. Her condition was not made available.
Neighbors who live along the pond said it is about six feet deep and that there are plenty of branches and debris in the water that could easily snag a person.
“At the end where they found him it is an area, where the water overflows a dam to the Charles River, and at that point, there are many tree branches and limbs that may have snagged somebody,” Richard Teneyck said.
The incident is under investigation though police said it does not appear suspicious in nature at this time.
Wellesley Police received a 9-1-1 call for a missing boater in Longfellow Pond. Police, Fire and multiple other agencies are currently working to locate this person in the pond. Please avoid the area of Oakland St, Standish Rd. and Longfellow Pond as crews continue to respond.
— Wellesley Police (@WellesleyPolice) September 7, 2020
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