June 15, 2024

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The person drowned at Merrill’s Quarry. That is the second drowning that is occurred there within the final 5 years.

A person drowned at Merrill’s Quarry in Westford Monday afternoon, in accordance with the Westford Fireplace Division.

Authorities have been alerted of a doable drowning off Winery Street at 4:16 p.m., the hearth division mentioned in a press launch. The 911 caller advised them a person jumped off a ledge on the quarry and by no means resurfaced.

Authorities from a number of cities, together with the Lowell Fireplace Division dive workforce and State Police Air Wing, started looking out the realm the place the person was final seen, the discharge mentioned. The dive workforce discovered the person’s physique at 5:24 p.m. and pulled it from the water.

A Tyngsborough firefighter was taken to Lowell Common Hospital with minor accidents he suffered throughout the search, the discharge mentioned.

Westford police are investigating the drowning. No additional info has been launched concerning the man or how he died.

WBZ-TV reported that the sufferer was 18 years previous. Officers advised reporters they’re asking individuals to avoid the quarry, which is on personal land.

“We have been simply right here final week for a person who jumped in,” Westford Fireplace Deputy Chief Mike Denehy mentioned. “Happily, he was in a position to be rescued and is recovering.”

In 2018, a 17-year-old Lawrence boy drowned within the quarry whereas he was swimming with mates. On the time, WBZ-TV reported, officers mentioned the swimming spot turned common after being featured within the 2013 Adam Sandler film “Grown Ups 2.”

Indicators across the quarry say “no trespassing,” however individuals typically ignore them, Denehy advised reporters Monday.

“It’s harmful,” Denehy mentioned. “Visibility is perhaps 4 ft deep. You don’t know what’s down there once you bounce in.”