16-year-old dies after water rescue in Lyme

Teen dies after water rescue
Published: May. 21, 2022 at 5:42 PM EDT|Updated: May. 21, 2022 at 11:15 PM EDT
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LYME, Conn. (WFSB) - A 16-year-old boy has died after he went missing while swimming at Uncas Pond in Nehantic State Park.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) said the call came in ay 4:38 p.m.

The Connecticut State Police were the first on scene.

DEEP Environmental Conservation Police, State Police Troop F, the Lyme Fire Department, and dive teams from Portland, Middletown, Connecticut State Police, and Yantic-Norwich responded.

** Dive Team Activation ** The Dive Team is responding to the Town of Lyme for the report of a missing swimmer

Posted by City of Middletown Professional Firefighters Local 1073 on Saturday, May 21, 2022

DEEP Environmental Conservation Police Capitan Keith Williams said, “he was swimming with a bunch of friends, allegedly. What we understand, he wasn’t a strong swimmer they were all out there and apparently, he had some pool floats but not certifiable PFD.”

He was found within 50 ft. of the shore.

When crews found the teen, they began CPR. He was transported to a local hospital.

He was later pronounced deceased.

According to DEEP this is the third incident of the season.

Williams wanted to remind swimmers, “we can’t stress this enough. This time of year, if you are going to go out in the water, PFD is a must and dress for water and not the air temperature because that’s what’s going to save you.”