GLOUCESTER — Police Chief Edward Conley and Fire Chief Eric Smith report that the Gloucester Police and Fire Departments responded Wednesday afternoon to a report of a missing swimmer.
On Wednesday, June 22, public-safety dispatchers received a 911 call at about 1:15 p.m. reporting that an individual who was swimming in a quarry in the Lanesville section of Gloucester was missing.
Trained first responders from the Gloucester Police Department and Gloucester Fire Department arrived at the site at 1:21 p.m., and entered the water to begin a coordinated search and rescue effort.
They were followed immediately by the Massachusetts State Police Dive Team and Beverly Dive Team, supported by the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing.
The swimmer, an 18-year-old man, was located in the water at 2:49 p.m. First responders immediately began performing cardio pulmonary resuscitation. The individual was transported by Northeast Regional Ambulance to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
The incident remains under investigation by the Gloucester Police Department in collaboration with the Essex District Attorney’s Office. Foul play is not suspected at this time.
Mayor Greg Verga, Chief Conley, and Chief Smith wish to extend their condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. They also wish to thank their mutual aid partners for their swift and professional response.