Two Massachusetts boys who were pulled from a lake Saturday night have been identified as cousins, ages 12 and 13, authorities announced.
Tiago Depina, 12, and Rafael Andrande, 13, were skipping rocks in shallow water at Waldo Lake, the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office said in a statement. Authorities said there is a steep drop off at the lake “and it appears one of the victims fell in while the other attempted to rescue him.” However, the boys did not know how to swim.
“If you go 10 feet, you fall right down, probably 20 feet underwater,” Valdo Centeao said, noting he heard the boys’ parents screaming before jumping in and trying to save the duo, according to KRDO. (RELATED: Officer Dies After Medical Emergency While Trying To Save Drowning Girl)
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The memorial for Rafael Andrade, 13, and Tiago Depina, 12, of Brockton, two cousins who tragically drowned on Saturday night, has grown exponentially at Waldo Lake. pic.twitter.com/9FheWKf0cx
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Family members and witnesses attempted to rescue both boys but were unable to do so, the statement read. Brockton Police responded to the emergency call around 7:30 p.m., Saturday night but also could not locate the children.
The Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team was later called in and located Andrande’s body around 8:51 p.m. Andrande was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Divers then located Depina around 9:33 p.m. He was also pronounced dead at the hospital.
Authorities say no foul play is suspected.