13-year-old Randolph boy dies in fall from boat
A 13-year-old Randolph boy died after he fell overboard while on a fishing trip in Boston Harbor with his grandfather and other family members.
Billy Pasquantonio, a sixth-grader at Kennedy Elementary School in Randolph, was on the boat of his grandfather, Richard Wells, a former Randolph fire chief and selectman.
The boy and other members of his family were heading back to port when the accident took place Sunday.
Randolph Selectmen Chairman Paul Connors said Monday night that nobody saw Billy fall out of the boat, but they turned around and searched for him once it was discovered he was missing.
After he was brought back into the boat, he was taken to the Black Falcon Terminal in South Boston, where a waiting ambulance took him to Boston Medical Center, where he died.
A moment of silence for Billy was observed before the start of Monday night’s selectmen’s meeting. Connors said Billy watched the cable telecasts of the board’s meetings so often he could imitate the mannerisms of the members.
Assistant School Superintendent Jonathan Landman said more counselors were on hand at the Kennedy School to assist anyone needing help. The counselors will be available at the school all day today and Wednesday.
Billy was the grandson of retired Randolph police officer and housing authority member Mary Wells. The 13-year-old’s father, William Pasquantonio, is a maintenance worker for the school system.
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