Rescuers recovered the bodies of two teens from a river in Connecticut nearly a week after they disappeared.
Friends Lucas Brewer, 15, and Anthony Nagore, 17, went swimming in the Farmington River last Thursday and were reported missing after failing to return from a swim.
Brewer was from Plainville and Nagore was in the area visiting family at the time of his death, local media reported.
Authorities believe the boys probably drowned because heavy rains made conditions in the river more dangerous and made the search for the two more difficult.
Water levels were six or seven times higher than normal during the downpours, The Hartford Courant reported.
The days-long search for the boys by state and local agencies was postponed several times due to dangerous conditions, which prevented a diving team from being sent into the river, the newspaper reported.
Rescuers recovered the bodies of two teens from a Connecticut river a week after they went missing. Pictured: Lucas, brewer, 15
Authorities believe the boys probably drowned because heavy rains made conditions in the river more dangerous and made the search for the two more difficult. Pictured: Anthony Nagore, 17″
Their bodies were discovered in the river near the Farmington-Burlington line around 3:15 p.m. Monday, said Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Captain Keith Williams.
He said the bodies were found about a mile to a mile and a half from where the boys allegedly entered the water and drifted. about 30 to 40 meters apart.
“I just want to say that our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the family members,” Williams said, urging residents to stay out of the water until the dangerous weather conditions passed.
‘Now stay out of the water, it’s not worth the risk. The river level is very dangerous, it will continue to rise in the coming days, so conditions will get even worse.’
He said there was no indication the teens had personal flotation devices when they went swimming and said the department’s advice for anyone going on the river is to wear a life jacket.
A DEEP spokesperson told The Courant that the chief medical examiner’s office would determine how the teens died
Heavy rainfall has raised water levels in Farmington River six or seven times higher than normal
The boys were reported missing on Thursday after failing to return home. They were last seen heading for the river around 1pm by a resident, who told authorities they had warned the boys about the dangerous water conditions.
The search for the teens began around 9 p.m., with their vehicle found on a street near the river.
Possessions, including their cellphones, sneakers and clothing, were later found on the riverbank, DEEP officials said.
Hundreds of mourners, including Brewer’s mother, gathered Monday for a vigil near where the boys were found.
A mourner, whose daughter knew the two boys, told De Courant that children regularly went swimming in the river.
“So if a kid says, ‘Mom, I’m going to do this,’ it’s like, ‘OK. You’ve done it a million times,” said Michelle Ibitz.
“And unfortunately with the weather and the flowing water, it was that one unfortunate event.”
At the wake, a spokesperson for the Brewer family read a message from Lucas’ brother.
“Grief never ends, but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness or lack of faith, but it is a great price for love,” the message reads.