A 13-year-old boy drowned at Range Pond State Park in Poland, Maine, on Tuesday after going for a swim with friends on a school field trip to the park, officials said.
Rayan A. Issa of Lewiston, Maine, was a seventh-grader at Lewiston Middle School, the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office said. He was playing with friends in a buoyed swimming area when he went underwater around 11:47 a.m., officials said.
Officials said staff and a lifeguard on duty at the park tried to find the boy but could not. Firefighters who responded to the scene found Issa 30 minutes later, at 12:17 p.m. Rescuers brought the boy ashore and administered aid before taking him to Central Maine Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, officials said.
Lewiston Public Schools Superintendent Bill Webster said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that Issa was playing football within the swimming area when he drowned.
“A search was quickly organized, but the water was murky,” Webster said in a statement. When the student was located, he was unconscious.
Webster said the school would have counselors on hand Tuesday and Wednesday for students and staff.
“We grieve for the family who are experiencing what no parent should experience — the loss of a child,” he said in the statement.
A vigil was planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the school’s gym, Webster said on Twitter.
The incident remains under investigation. The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who witnessed the incident to call with information.Laney Ruckstuhl can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @laneyruckstuhl.