Plymouth County DA identifies boys who drowned in Massachusetts lake


BROCKTON, Mass. (WPRI) — The Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office has identified the two boys that drowned in a Brockton lake.

Emergency crews were called to D.W. Field Park around 7:30 p.m. Saturday for reports that the boys had disappeared in Waldo Lake.

Dive teams were called to the scene and around 8:50 p.m., they first found 13-year-old Rafael Andrande, of Brockton. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Just over a half hour later, divers then found 12-year-old Tiago Depina, of Brockton. He was also taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

A third boy, age 11, was rescued and sent to a hospital.

A preliminary investigation showed that he two boys were skipping rocks in the shallow water when one of them fell in.

The second appeared to have fallen in while trying to rescue the first. Then they both went under the water.

Several family members and witnesses tried to rescue them but were unable to.

The District Attorney’s Office said that the boys were cousins and they did not know how to swim.

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