Man pronounced dead after being pulled from Billings Lake

Man pronounced dead after being pulled from Billings Lake


NORTH STONINGTON — A 30-year-old man has died of an apparent drowning after he was pulled from Billings Lake on Monday evening.

Scott Hurne, of Uncasville, was taken by ambulance to William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich after bystanders pulled him from the lake. He was pronounced dead just after 8 p.m., the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection confirmed.

North Stonington firefighters and medical personnel, along with police from the DEEP and Connecticut State Police Troop E in Montville, were called to Billings Lake around 7:15 p.m. for reports of a possible drowning. The Old Mystic, Pawcatuck and Voluntown fire departments also assisted in the response, officials said.

According to state police, bystanders had pulled Hurne from the water before emergency personnel arrived and had begun providing CPR. Emergency responders then took over the resuscitation efforts, relocating Hurne from a rocky area where the incident took place to the Billings Lake Boat Ramp located just off Route 201.

He was then taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Located east of Route 201 between Billings Lake Road and Ledgen Wood Road, Billings Lake is a private residential area and does not contain a designated public swimming area.

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