Second drowning on Deerfield River raises concerns about safety

Drowning victims include man from Central America and an unidentified man from Adams

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A second drowning in the Deerfield River is raising concerns about water safety in Franklin County.

Northwestern District Attorney Spokeswoman Mary Cary told 22News that a 51-year-old man from Adams was pulled form the Deerfield River in Charlemont on Wednesday evening. The man had been tubing with co-workers where the Deerfield meets the Cold River.

Zoar Outdoor in Charlemont uses the Deerfield River for several activities. Owner Bruce Lessels told 22News that safety is their number one consideration. “We make sure people are wearing personal flotation devices or life jackets and on all of the programs,” he explained, adding that “they are wearing helmets while in the river. ” Lessels said everyone who participates in their water programs is instructed on how to safely use the gear for white water rafting, kayaking, and canoeing.

This is the second death in the Deerfield River this month. 22News is awaiting the identification of the Adams victim and the cause of death.

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