Teen Death In Groton Is State's Latest In Series Of Drownings

A 17-year-old boy drowned in Groton on Wednesday, officials said.

First responders pulled the teen out of the Squannacook River. An initial investigation found he was part of a group jumping into the river from a rope swing when he went under the water and did not resurface, according to the Middlesex District Attorney's Office.

Officials said the water level in the river was high, with a "visibly strong current due to recent rain."

The boy was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His identity has not been released.

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His death marks the latest in a series of drownings in the state. More than 20 people have drowned in Massachusetts since May, according to the Department of Public Health.

Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation earlier this month aimed at discouraging unsafe swimming in response to the recent deaths.