One of the swimmers who went missing in the Chicopee River in Wilbraham Friday has been found dead, police report, and the search for the second swimmer has been "suspended."
Divers recovered the body of a man several hours after the Wilbraham Police Department received a 9-1-1 call of "swimmers in distress" Friday just after 5 p.m. This was in the area of the lower boat ramp on Red Bridge Road, police say.
According to Captain Jason Pease with the Ludlow Fire Department a younger child made the emergency 9-1-1 call.
Divers found the first swimmer at approximately 8:10 p.m. Friday night, Wilbraham Police Sgt. Baldwin confirmed with us. We're told it was the body of an adult male, but his identity is not being released at this time.
The second swimmer who is still missing is also an adult male as well. Authorities including the Wilbraham Police and Fire Departments, as well as the Ludlow Fire Department and State Police returned to the river Saturday morning at around 8:30 a.m. to resume their search for him.
However, by about 12:40 p.m. Saturday that search was "suspended" according to the Wilbraham Police Department. No word if authorities will pick that search back up at a later time or not.
Initially, Ludlow Fire Captain Richard Machado said there were nine adults and five children in two canoes. He also explained to Western Mass News that emergency crews along with people on shore were pulling people out of the river.
The children were reunited with their families, the Ludlow Fire Department confirmed with us.
Western Mass News is continuing to follow this story today and as more details develop we'll provide an update. Stay with us on-air on ABC40 starting at 6PM for the latest.
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