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Teen brothers dead after suspected drowning at popular swimming area

The bodies of two teenage stepbrothers were pulled from the Mousam River in MAINE early Monday morning. Authorities presume they were drowning victims.The two stepbrothers, one 17 and the other 16, told their parents they were going to the Springvale Recreation Area.Officials said when the boys missed their curfew at 10 p.m. Sunday, their parents got worried and called police.The Springvale Recreation Area has a roped-off swimming area and a trail system on both sides of the Mousam River.When police arrived at about 11 p.m., they found the boys’ vehicle in the parking lot but had no sign of them. It was dark, so police called the local fire department to help with the search effort.Police officers and firefighters searched the water for about an hour and a half before locating the boys’ bodies.”Using flashlights and high intensity lights, they were able locate them below the water,” said Maj. Matthew Gagne of the Sanford Police Department.About a quarter-mile upriver, there is a cliff where people jump into a pool in the river about 30 feet high. On Monday, people were seen jumping into the river from that cliff.Meghan Bouchat heard about the teenage brothers’ deaths.”It’s very sad. Tragic. Two people dying at the same time and so young,” Bouchat said.Across from the swimming area, where there are lifeguards during daylight hours, there are rocks where people have been known to climb and jump into the water.”We don’t know if they were jumping or just swimming because we don’t know exactly what time they went in. We assume they were probably by themselves as well because we had no calls from that area that anybody was in distress or actively drowning,” Gagne said.Police said they could not determine what the boys were doing in those final hours or where they ran into trouble.”There was probably a one- or two-mile-an-hour current, too, so that can change where they were located,” Gagne said.The victims’ names are not being released because they are juveniles, officials said.The bodies were transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta, Maine, where autopsies will be conducted to determine the boys’ official cause of death.

The bodies of two teenage stepbrothers were pulled from the Mousam River in MAINE early Monday morning. Authorities presume they were drowning victims.

The two stepbrothers, one 17 and the other 16, told their parents they were going to the Springvale Recreation Area.

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Officials said when the boys missed their curfew at 10 p.m. Sunday, their parents got worried and called police.

The Springvale Recreation Area has a roped-off swimming area and a trail system on both sides of the Mousam River.

When police arrived at about 11 p.m., they found the boys’ vehicle in the parking lot but had no sign of them. It was dark, so police called the local fire department to help with the search effort.

Police officers and firefighters searched the water for about an hour and a half before locating the boys’ bodies.

“Using flashlights and high intensity lights, they were able locate them below the water,” said Maj. Matthew Gagne of the Sanford Police Department.

About a quarter-mile upriver, there is a cliff where people jump into a pool in the river about 30 feet high. On Monday, people were seen jumping into the river from that cliff.

Meghan Bouchat heard about the teenage brothers’ deaths.

“It’s very sad. Tragic. Two people dying at the same time and so young,” Bouchat said.

Across from the swimming area, where there are lifeguards during daylight hours, there are rocks where people have been known to climb and jump into the water.

“We don’t know if they were jumping or just swimming because we don’t know exactly what time they went in. We assume they were probably by themselves as well because we had no calls from that area that anybody was in distress or actively drowning,” Gagne said.

Police said they could not determine what the boys were doing in those final hours or where they ran into trouble.

“There was probably a one- or two-mile-an-hour current, too, so that can change where they were located,” Gagne said.

The victims’ names are not being released because they are juveniles, officials said.

The bodies were transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta, Maine, where autopsies will be conducted to determine the boys’ official cause of death.

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