WESTFORD (CBS) — A teenager has died after rescue crews pulled him from the waters of a popular yet illegal swimming and diving spot in Westford hours after he went missing. The 17-year-old boy was jumping off the rocks at Merrill’s Quarry with friends midday on Tuesday.

He was last seen around 11:45 a.m. before a dive team pulled him from the water around 1:15 p.m. Police said first responders performed CPR on the teen but the Middlesex County District Attorney later confirmed that the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Search teams at Merrill’s Quarry in Westford, August 7, 2018. (WBZ-TV)

A Nashua dive team, Westford Police, and the Westford Fire Department all responded to the quarry. The teen was found in about 30 feet of water.

According to Westford Deputy Cheif Victor Neal, the teen’s friends saw him struggling and attempted to help but were unable to.

Neal added that no trespassing and no swimming signs have been posted at the quarry for years. The area has become more popular in recent years after it was featured in the movie Grown Ups 2 in 2012.


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