A 12-year-old boy was pronounced dead after failing to surface while in the Presumpscot River.

The Child Went Missing in the River Sunday Afternoon

Rescue crews were called to the boat launch on Lincoln Street in Westbrook at approximately 4:00 Sunday afternoon for a report of a child who had failed to surface while swimming. An initial search was unsuccessful so dive teams from the Portland Police Department and the Maine Warden Service were called to the scene.

He Was Located About 3 Hours Later

The Portland Press Herald reports it was just after 7 pm when a Warden Service diver located the child and pulled him from the river near the boat launch. Westbrook Fire Department personnel began life-saving measures as the child was transported to Maine Medical Center. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

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Police Have Not Released the Name of the Deceased

Officials have not released the name of the 12-year-old boy. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends, and to the rescue crews who worked so hard to locate him.

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