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Body of Missing Kayaker Found After Search of Millbury Pond

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    Search for Missing Kayaker in Millbury Ends in Tragedy

    The search for a missing kayaker ended in tragedy on Friday after divers recovered his body in a Millbury, Massachusetts pond.

    (Published Friday, July 6, 2018)

    The body of a kayaker who went missing on a Massachusetts pond has been recovered.

    Crews had been searching Dorothy Pond in Millbury for two hours on Friday afternoon before the body of the kayaker was recovered.

    Relatives told NBC10 Boston two men, who are cousins, had gone out on a kayak to search for a tackle box they had lost while fishing on Thursday.

    Officials said one of the men dove into the water to try to find the tackle box, while the other man stayed in the kayak.

    Dive Teams Search Mass. Pond for Missing Kayaker

    [NECN] Dive Teams Search Mass. Pond for Missing Kayaker

    Dive teams searched a Millbury, Massachusetts pond Friday afternoon after a report of a missing kayaker.

    (Published Friday, July 6, 2018)

    When the man who dove in didn't resurface, his cousin became nervous and dove in after him — frantically searching before running to get help at some nearby apartments.

    "He could have gotten lost under there, he could have just been displaced because of the poor visibility, it's very dark down there, you can't see anything," said Millbury Police Chief Donald Desorcy.

    Several area fire and police departments responded and the District 7 Dive Team was dispatched to search the pond.

    Shortly before 3 p.m., one of the divers located the missing man's body.

    The victim's aunt and uncle told NBC10 Boston he was about 40-years-old and a father of three young children.

    They say their son was so distraught that he couldn't find his cousin he began having seizures and was taken away in an ambulance, as well.

    "He didn't come back up, so my stepson dived in after him, couldn't find him, come up – knocked on a neighbor's door to get help, and this is as good as it gets," said Joseph Coggans, the victim's uncle.

    The cousin is expected to be OK.

    The name of the victim is not being released pending notification of next of kin.

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