A Tragedy in Chelsea
Authorities search for young girl in water off Chelsea
(Chelsea - AP) — A twelve-year-old girl drowns while swimming with friends in Chelsea.
Chelsea police say Jacqueline Petit-Frere was swimming with a group of friends off Mary O'Malley Park this afternoon when it appears strong winds and the tide carried her away from shore.
Captain Brian Kyes says friends tried to help the sixth-grader but she went under in about 20 feet of water just after 5 p-m. The girl was recovered an hour later and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Chelsea and state police, the Coast Guard and private boats aided in the search.
Kyes says the area where the girl drowned is not a designated swimming area but local children often go there to cool off in hot weather like today, when temperatures soared into the 90's.
The incident remains under investigation.
(Copyright 2004 by The AssociatedOfficer Patrick JohnstonEverett Police Marine Division617-905-3747