Search to resume Saturday for boy last seen in Bell Pond

Posted: 05/03/13 at 9:45 pm EDT      Last Updated: 05/03/13 at 10:32 pm EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (WHDH) -- Rescue crews suspended the search for a missing boy last seen swimming in a pond in Worcester Friday.

Police told 7News four boys between the ages of 10 and 12 went swimming in Bell Pond Friday afternoon but only three came out.

Crews will now have to wait until Saturday at 8 a.m. to find the missing boy.

“We train for this. We don't want to see this,” said Dep. Chief Geoffrey Gardell, Worcester Fire Department.

The three boys watched the search for their missing friend.

“They were trying to make it across the pond as a lot of youths do. It’s a trek to make it across the pond,” said Dep. Chief Gardell.

It's a something of a rite of passage in Worcester that somehow went wrong.

“In the summer there’s probably up to a hundred people on hot days,” said a woman.

Dozens of people watching the search feared the worst with every passing minute.

“Every year there's something that happens here,” said one man.

Crews suspended their search after an hour and a half underwater. The mission to rescue a young boy has now turned into a quest to recover his body.

“The divers have done a good bunch of sweeps right now. Looking forward to doing more in the morning,” said Dep. Chief Gardell.

Divers say weeds at the bottom of the pond are hindering their search.

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