The Boston Fire Department spent the afternoon conducting a "recovery operation" at the scene, according to updates via the BFD's official Twitter feed.
Hours later, the Boston Fire Department recovered the two bodies after painstakingly working into the night.
Police and investigators from the District Attorney's Office gathered, preparing to investigate the deaths. In an effort to retrieve the victims' bodies, crews were vacuuming water out of the trench while adding supports to reinforce it. It urged people to "remember their families/friends".
"Very hard operation on Dartmouth St. 1st responders trying to respect the deceased while continuing the recovery", read one tweet.
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Boston Police said they received a call at 12:56 p.m. for a hydrant collapse at 10 Dartmouth St., with two people possibly trapped.
The two workers have not yet been publicly identified. Evans said the incident "looks like an accident" and police officers near the scene realized "very quickly we had workers trapped in the hole".
It is not yet known how deep the trench is. The workers were with a private contractor.
The Herald reported that the construction company the two men were working for, Atlantic Drain of Roslindale, has been cited numerous times for job site safety violations, including one earlier this year at a site less than a half mile from the Dartmouth Street location.