On Saturday in the early morning, divers recovered the body of a 10-year-old boy from Bell Pond after he had disappeared while swimming with his friends on Friday. According to District Fire Chief Kevin Maloney, the boy was found approximately 50 feet offshore in 8 to 10 feet of water. The victim is believed to be the son of Jean-Claude Nsengiyumve although police has yet to release any sort of confirmation yet.
Jean had spent that Friday night over at the Bell Pond after learning about the possibility of his son drowning there. As for his wife, she was still grieving over at the family’s apartment on Saturday morning and was way too overwhelmed and upset to talk about it. On Friday at about 5:42 p.m, police and fire crews made their way down to the pond after they were being notified by three boys that Jean’s son had gone into the water and did not resurface. Jean mentioned that his son was the third of five siblings.
Jean stated that he had gone to pick up one of his younger child when an older boy came over to his home to invite both of his sons to go to Bell Pond. Another older friend also tagged along with them. When they arrived at the location, the older friend remained on the shore while the three younger ones went ahead into the pond. According to friends and relatives, not all of them were able to swim and they were unsure if the oldest one knew how to either. His father said that his younger son went farther out compared to the rest. He did try calling for help, but after he went under, he did not return above again.
According to the police, the other boys yelled for help, which a woman responded to. However, she was unable to find him after searching in the water. Rescuers went on to search the area till 8pm and had to call it off due to darkness and safety concerns. They returned on Saturday morning at 7:45 a.m, where divers eventually managed to discover the body. For the full story, you can read it from here.
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