UPDATE: Scituate man drowns in Cohasset boating accident, police release identities

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A fishing trip last night out on a reservoir in Cohasset turned tragic when one of the two men in a canoe who fell overboard drowned in the Aaron River Reservoir, at the end of Beechwood Street.

Police tell WATD’s Steven Dodrill, the 23 year-old Scituate man identified as Charles Haskell,  and a 20-year-old friend identified as Shane Cummings from Cohasset were both thrown into the water when the canoe tipped over just before 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

Cummings was able to swim to shore and call for help, but Haskell disappeared under the water.

Police said there were no personal flotation devices on the canoe.

Cohasset police and fire units called in a State Police helicopter and the Scituate Fire Department dive team.

After a three hour search, Deputy Police Chief William Quigley says divers found Haskell’s body at about 1:20 a.m.

Emergency crews were at the scene of the drowning until 4:30 this morning.

The reservoir is in Wompatuck State Park, near the Hingham town line.

The reservoir is a popular site for boating, kayaking, and day and night fishing.

The drowning remains under investigation by Cohasset Police and the Norfolk District Attorney’s office.

(Story by WATD’s Steven Dodrill and Dave Skill)

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