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Body of missing swimmer recovered from Chicopee River

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Crews were seen on the Chicopee River on Sunday (Western Mass News photo) Crews were seen on the Chicopee River on Sunday (Western Mass News photo)

The search for a missing swimmer last night in Springfield resumed this morning as it became a recovery effort.

Sunday night, a 24 year old man jumped into the Chicopee River when he and his friends wanted to go swimming.  He was overcome by the current and couldn’t fight his way out of the water.

That’s when the Springfield Police and State Police dive team started to search, going past 9 p.m. Sunday and picking up the search Monday morning

"This morning, around 11:40, members of the SPD underwater search and recovery unit were able to recover a 24 year old male and unfortunately, he was deceased and it is the person they were looking for last evening," said Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh. 

The Ludlow Fire Department and Springfield Fire Department assisted looking for this man and the extensive search came to a close Monday.

One family member was so overcome with emotion that EMT's had to check on her.

Walsh told Western Mass News that these are dangerous waters to swim in.

"You just don't know what’s in there.  It’s not like a swimming pool where you know the boundaries. There’s rocks and potential dangers," Walsh added.

The identity of the victim has not been released yet by police. 

Police said that these rainy and tough conditions didn’t make a difference in their recovery efforts, but any strong current can overcome a swimmer quickly.

"It’s an unfortunate incident and hopefully, it at least brings the family some peace," Walsh said.

We spoke with a friend of the victim over the phone and she said that the family is devastated by this event.

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