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Boys, aged 12 and 13, drown in Massachussets lake after one of them tried to save his cousin

Two cousins were pulled out of a Massachusetts lake by emergency workers and pronounced dead after one of the boys attempted to save his relative from drowning.

Tiago Depina, 12, and Rafael Andrade, 13, were skipping over rocks on the shore of Waldo Lake on Saturday evening before one of the boys fell into the water in the Boston suburb of Brockton, according to the Boston Herald.

One of the cousins went into the lake to save the other boy, before both of the kids disappeared around 7:30pm local time, authorities said. 

An 11-year-old boy who was also playing with the children was pulled from lake and rushed to a local hospital for treatment. 

Neither of the children knew how to swim, investigators said.

Photo of Tiago Depina, 12, and Rafael Andrade, 13, that was taken of the cousins with a caption in Spanish that reads, ‘Minutes before the accident.’ Investigators say the boys were skipping over rocks on the short of Waldo Lake in Brockton, Massachusetts, on Saturday evening before one of them fell into the water. The other cousin then attempted to save his relative before both went underwater. Neither of them knew how to swim

Aerial view of Waldo Lake in Brockton, Massachusetts, where two boys were pulled out of the pond and pronounced dead at a local hospital Saturday night. Authorities say Tiago Depina, 12, and Rafael Andrade, 13, were skipping rocks when one of them slipped into the lake and the other jumped in to save his cousin from drowning. A third child was pulled out alive from the waterway and was taken to a medical facility for treatment

Aerial view of Waldo Lake in Brockton, Massachusetts, where two boys were pulled out of the pond and pronounced dead at a local hospital Saturday night. Authorities say Tiago Depina, 12, and Rafael Andrade, 13, were skipping rocks when one of them slipped into the lake and the other jumped in to save his cousin from drowning. A third child was pulled out alive from the waterway and was taken to a medical facility for treatment

Yannick Depina and his friend Valdo Centeio were visiting the lake when they heard the boys’ parents screaming for help and immediately dove into the water to save the children.  

Centeio and Depina, who is not related to Tiago Depina, were unable to find the boys because it was too dark out. 

‘The whole time I was in the water searching for them, I was asking God, ‘why?’ When I got out of the water and couldn’t find them, I was still asking ‘why,” Yannick DePina told the newspaper. 

As of Monday afternoon, over $14,000 were donated via a GoFundMe page set up to help the families cover the funeral and burial expenses for 12-year-old Tiago Depina  and his cousin, Rafael Andrade, 13

As of Monday afternoon, over $14,000 were donated via a GoFundMe page set up to help the families cover the funeral and burial expenses for 12-year-old Tiago Depina  and his cousin, Rafael Andrade, 13

Valdo Centeio was one of two men who jumped into Waldo Lake in an attempt to rescue Tiago Depina, 12, and Rafael Andrade, 13, after the boys fell into the waterway Saturday night

Valdo Centeio was one of two men who jumped into Waldo Lake in an attempt to rescue Tiago Depina, 12, and Rafael Andrade, 13, after the boys fell into the waterway Saturday night

The Brockton Fire Department and the Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team arrived at the scene, and by 8:51pm were able to recover the body of Andrade from about 10 feet under the lake, NBC 10 reported

Tiago Depina’s body was found approximately at 9:33pm, almost 10 feet under the lake.

The boys were rushed to Good Samaritan Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead.

Centeio and Yannick Depina returned to the lake Sunday after being unable to sleep and reevaluating their heroic efforts. 

On Sunday, Brockton residents also were present to console the families of two boys who drowned at Waldo Lake and left balloons, candles and teddy bears at a makeshift shrine

On Sunday, Brockton residents also were present to console the families of two boys who drowned at Waldo Lake and left balloons, candles and teddy bears at a makeshift shrine

Other Brockton residents also were present at the lake’s shore in support of the boys’ families, leaving balloons, candles and teddy bears at a makeshift shrine.

‘I just came back here today to release some pain, to think about them a little and see if I can get this out of my head,’ Centeio said as he lit a candle. ‘They were just two little kids. I would put my life down for theirs.’ 

As of Monday afternoon, over $14,000 were donated via a GoFundMe page set up to help the families cover the funeral and burial expenses.

Family members were expected to gather at Waldo Lake and hold a vigil for Tiago Depina and Rafael Andrade on Monday and Tuesday evening.

‘They’re really good kids. I love them,’ family friend Elton Nunes told NBC 10.


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