LITTLETON — A 23-year-old Boston man was found dead in Fort Pond Saturday night about an hour after his friends called police and said he disappeared while canoeing alone.
Police Chief Matthew King said the man’s friends told police he went canoeing by himself about 7 or 7:30 p.m., and that his friends grew concerned that he hadn’t returned as the sun went down about 8:45 p.m.
The friends initially went out searching and calling out for him on their own, but didn’t find him and called police about 9:30 p.m., King said.
Littleton police and firefighters were assisted in a search by Westford firefighters who put a boat into the water, and the State Police airwing.
Officers searching the shoreline found the man 25 to 30 feet from shore about an hour after the search began, according to King.
The 23-year-old, whose name will not be released until his family has been notified, was pronounced dead at the scene.
King said the group of friends had rented a home at 5 Charter Way to celebrate the holiday weekend.
“Unfortunately, something tragic happened,” King said. “Our hearts go out to them and to this gentleman’s family. It’s a horrible thing.”
King said Fort Pond is located in a sparsely populated area, with only about a dozen homes along the shore. He said there are no large boats on the pond, with only canoes being used on its waters.
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