Rhode Island Teenager Is Latest Mass. Drowning Victim

A 16-year-old from Rhode Island is the latest person to drown in Massachusetts this summer.

The teenager died Sunday at Whiting's Pond in North Attleborough.

It's the seventh drowning death in the last month. Just last week, a toddler drowned in the family pool in Lynn, a 56-year-old man drowned in a pond in Westwood, a 13-year-old boy died at Bell Pond in Worcester, and a 20-year-old man drowned at a lake in Saugus.

Chris Baugh, medical director for Brigham and Women's Hospital's emergency department, says people shouldn't swim alone.

"People have sought refuge in water activities, which is a natural thing to do, but I think water safety is something people have to have very much top of mind, especially when thinking about the circumstances in which they're enjoying the water," he said.

Baugh adds that pools at homes should have fencing around them so kids cannot reach them unattended.


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