UPDATED 10:15 P.M. – Police have identified the boy who drowned as Mohamed Hassan of Springbrook Way in Portland.
8:42 P.M.: 17-year-old drowns in Falmouth
FALMOUTH – A 17-year-old drowned while swimming with friends in the Presumpscot River, police said.
The incident happened about 5:30 p.m. today when five boys were swimming along the edge of the river off Allen Avenue Extension, said Lt. John Kilbride of the Falmouth police.
One of the swimmers started struggling, Kilbride said, and went under the water. The other four tried to locate him, but could not because the water was too murky, he said.
Police responded, along with the Falmouth Marine Unit, after they got a call from the swimmers. The Maine Marine Patrol and Yarmouth Rescue Dive Team sent divers to search for the 17-year-old, who was found only a few feet from where he and the others were swimming.
Kilbride said the boy’s body was recovered about 7:20 p.m., just before the search was expected to be called off due to darkness.
Kilbride said the boy has been identified, but police are not releasing his name until relatives have been notified.