WORCESTER (CBS) – Dive teams recovered the body of a missing 10-year-old boy who drowned Friday evening.

Shimi David was with his brother and two friends Friday when they decided to attempt to swim across Bell Pond around 5:30 p.m. They made it about halfway, but when they turned around to return to shore, David’s brother realized he was gone.

Officials said the water temperature was about 48 degrees Fahrenheit, and that hypothermia could set in within 20 minutes.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

Rescue crews searched through the evening on Friday, calling off the search after darkness set in.

David’s body was recovered shortly after the search resumed Saturday morning.

“It’s a trek to cross the pond,” Worcester Deputy Fire Chief Geoffrey Gardell said of the boys. “It’s a feat, and they tried.”

A relative, Fatima Muhammed, said Shimi and his family came here from Burundi 5 years ago.

Muhammed told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic that Shimi didn’t know how to swim and dealt with autism.

Neighbor Dee Dee Estrada said she tried to rescue the boy but couldn’t reach him. “That current in that water right now is unbelievable,” she said. “It’s never like that in the summer.”

Shimi was in third grade at the Belmont Street School.


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