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    Investigators probe apparent drowning at Millbury pond

    Authorities are investigating the apparent drowning of a man at a Millbury pond on Friday, police said.

    A woman who lives near Dorothy Pond called police shortly before 2 p.m. after someone told her their cousin, Michael Boyd, dove into the pond and had not resurfaced, said Millbury police chief Donald Desorcy.

    Boyd, 35, had been on a kayak in the pond and dove into the water to retrieve a tackle box that had sunk on Thursday, said Desorcy.


    “He never came up,” said the chief.

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    When police arrived, Boyd’s cousin was with the kayak in the water looking for his relative. Police searched the pond, and at least four divers spent about 50 minutes looking for Boyd before they found him, said Desorcy.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to a state medical examiner’s office.

    His body had no signs of trauma, said Desorcy.

    “At this time we’re treating it as a drowning,” said Desorcy during a phone interview Friday night. “We’ll know more once the autopsy is complete.”


    State Police are leading the investigation, said Desorcy.

    The Millbury death was the seventh drowning in Massachusetts in a week. Elsewhere in the state, a 60 year-old man drowned while swimming at a Dennis beach on Cape Cod Thursday afternoon, according to Dennis police.

    On Thursday, a 56-year-old man drowned in Buckmaster Pond in Westwood, plus a 13-year-old boy also died Thursday after being pulled from Bell Pond in Worcester on Wednesday night.

    On June 29, two college students, later identified as Theeb Alyami, 27, of Hartford, Conn., and Jaser Daham Alrakah, 25, of Springfield, drowned after they were swept away in the Chicopee River in Wilbraham, according to the Hampden district attorney’s office.

    Globe correspondent John Hilliard contributed to his report. Danny McDonald can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.