Two men drowned over the weekend in separate accidents in Goshen and Saugus, authorities said Sunday.
Orlando Burgos, 49, of Westfield drowned while canoeing on Upper Highland Lake in Goshen on Saturday night, the office of Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said.
On Sunday night, 34-year-old Luis C. Espinoza Montero drowned while swimming in Pearce Lake in Breakheart Reservation in Saugus, according to the office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.
Burgos was canoeing with two other people about 50 feet from the shore of Upper Highland Lake at the Daughters of the American Revolution State Forest when their canoe capsized at around 8 p.m. Saturday, the Northwestern district attorney’s office said.
Bystanders attempted unsuccessfully to rescue Burgos as the other two canoeists swam to shore.
State Police brought in a helicopter, an underwater team, divers, and state environmental police to search for Burgos, whose body was found and brought to shore nearly three hours later.
The death appears to have been accidental, the Northwestern district attorney’s office said.
In Saugus, State Police said, Espinoza Montero was pulled from the water at Pearce Lake sometime after 7:10 p.m. Sunday and rushed to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, where he later died. His address was unknown, according to the Essex district attorney’s office.
The drowning is being investigated by troopers in the Danvers Barracks, State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and State Police detectives with the Essex DA’s office.
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