A 9-year-old boy pulled from a Hopkinton lake on Sunday and airlifted to nearby hospital has died.
The boy, who authorities identified as Jorge Santiago, was swimming at Sandy Beach in Hopkinton when the group he was with noticed he was missing.
The boy is not from Hopkinton but lives in another part of the state. He was reportedly attending a party at the lake with an adult female guardian who was watching him.
"Certainly not the news we wanted to report this morning," Hopkinton Police Chief Edward Lee said Monday. "It's a tragedy and our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Jorge."
Police responded to the emergency around 5 p.m. Sunday. Civilians formed a human chain and walked into the waters of Lake Maspenock to find the boy.
"Somehow there was a gentleman who was able to see," said Jason Ferreira, a witness. "I don't know how he was able to see that far down in through the dark, but he said he found him, pulled him up and paramedics took over from there."
Witnesses said the boy had been submerged for about 11 minutes when he was found.
"He just kind of went out a little too deep, went under quickly and never resurfaced," Lee said.
After pulling him from the water, someone detected a pulse. The Hopkinton Fire Department performed life-saving measures within minutes of pulling him out of the water.
Authorities said the boy was found on the other side of the ropes, about 50 feet from shore. A sign posted at the lake reads "while swimming, please stay inside the buoy lines." There were no lifeguards on duty, police said, as it is still the off-season.
Santiago was taken to Milford Regional Hospital and then airlifted to UMass Memorial Hospital. Police say Santiago was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m. on Monday.
"This is a sad outcome, but that doesn't diminish what they did out there," Lee said of the rescuers. "They're still heroes in my eyes. They gave the family a little more time with Jorge, and they should be very proud."
The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families said it has received a report of the incident and is investigating.