Search for missing swimmer at Congamond Lakes called off for the day

Swimmer believed to have drowned

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts State Police divers were in the water at the Middle Pond of the Congamond Lakes Friday, as the search resumed for a missing swimmer who is presumed to have drowned.

Middle Pond was closed to boaters Friday as searchers picked up where they left off Thursday night. Police suspended their search at around 2:00 Friday afternoon, and are expected to continue their work on Saturday.

Officers were called to Middle Pond at around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, after receiving a call from a woman reporting that her friend had jumped from a boat and never came back up to the surface.

Police began what they called a “rescue mission,” but a day later, it’s now considered a recovery effort.

Southwick Police Chief David Ricardi told 22News that they are hoping to recover the body for the sake of the family members, who gathered on the shore to observe the search Friday.

Information about the person presumed to have drowned is not being released at this time.

Environmental police, state police, and Suffield police are assisting Southwick police in their efforts.

Ricardi said the last time there was a drowning at the Congamond Lakes was in September of 2011, a year in which there were three drownings.