81-year-old woman dies in apparent drowning

Jul 30, 2020

An 81-year-old Buzzards Bay woman died from what appears to have been an accidental drowning in Wareham on Wednesday, July 29. 

Police received reports of an unresponsive woman being pulled out of the water at Indian Mound beach near the end of Cleveland Way around 3:30 p.m. 

When officers arrived, others at the scene were performing CPR on the victim, Maria Moitoso. 

Moitoso was taken to Tobey Hospital and was later pronounced deceased. 

While this appears to have been an accidental drowning, Wareham detectives, and the Massachusetts State Police are still investigating the incident. 

The Wareham Police Department issued the following statement in a press release on July 30: 

“The Wareham Police appreciate the efforts of the citizens who did their best to revive the victim prior to the arrival of emergency responders.”