Search continues for missing woman on Deerfield River

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CONWAY, Mass. (WWLP-AP) – Search crews are back out on the Deerfield River Monday to look for a woman who disappeared while tubing on the river Sunday evening.

Conway Fire Chief Robert Baker says six or seven people were tubing immediately below TransCanada’s Deerfield Number 2 hydro plant dam on Sunday evening when one woman was drawn into a vortex or fell off her tube.

The woman’s name has not been made public, but Baker told The Recorder of Greenfield that she is about 26 years old, and is from out-of-state.

Dive teams could be seen going into the water near the dam Sunday night. The search began around 5:00 P.M. and emergency crews could be seen leaving around 9:00.

On Monday morning, crews had set up a command post along Power Company Access Road in Conway, near the dam.

Although using inner tubes to float down Franklin County rivers is a popular summertime activity, Baker says the area where the woman disappeared is not common for tubing, and is dangerous because of the turbulent water.

“You have to be really careful. you have to respect the river. You have to know the weather conditions. You have be a little more responsible about it,” Tina Sliwoski of Shelburne said.

Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, told 22News that the identity of the victim will not be made public until a positive identification can be made by the medical Examiner’s office.

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