Man drowns in pond after fetching soccer ball for child

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MILTON (WBZ) – A man from Quincy visiting Houghton’s Pond in Milton with his son drowned on Thursday while trying to get a bullet that had fallen into the water.

Massachusetts State Police said the 39-year-old entered the pond around 6:30 p.m. to retrieve a soccer ball. Witnesses said it was for her child.

Milton Fire Chief Christopher Madden said outside the swimming area the water depth drops dramatically to around 42 feet.

“The water is not very clear. There is a shelf that falls very quickly after the rope buoys there, ”he said.

Lifeguards are not yet on duty at the pond.

Divers from the Boston Fire Department, Milton Firefighters, State Troopers and Boston Parks agents searched for the man in the water.

“No one was screaming, everyone was pretty cool and calm trying not to overwhelm the kids,” said Leslie Edwards, who was at the pond with her son. “I’m traumatized, I’m not going to lie. I am very traumatized.

The man’s body was found around 8 p.m. His name has not been released.

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