Police have confirmed a 14-year-old boy has died following an incident at a swimming hole near Shea Heights.
According to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, the boy was pronounced dead at the hospital after he was transported from the area by Eastern Health paramedics.
The pond is known locally as the Punch Bowl. There were several people swimming in the area when the incident happened.
It is not known exactly how the boy died. The RNC is still investigating the incident. Firefighters also responded to the scene.
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UPDATE: Emergency responders at pond near Shea Heights
Police, firefighters and paramedics are responding to a situation at a pond west of Blackhead Road near Shea Heights.
Authorities have not confirmed any specifics about the matter at hand Monday afternoon. However, there are reports that the victim is a teenaged boy.
A board was wheeled out along a dirt path by emergency personnel a short while ago. They stopped at the edge of a pond, where Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers were already present. People heading back to the road were visibly emotional. Traffic is moving slowly along Blackhead Road. The Telegram will update this story as more information becomes available.
Emergency response in Shea Heights
St. John's Regional Fire Department emergency personnel and paramedics are currently in Shea Heights at what's know as the Punch Bowl swimming hole.
It appears an incident occurred at the swimming hole, with a rescue attempt by emergency personnel.
Reporters in the area have been asked to go back toward the road. One person was overheard commenting, "It's not a good scene."
The Telegram will post further information as soon as it's available.