Body pulled from Congamond Lakes has been identified

Search team at Congamond on Saturday

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) – After three days of searching, a recovery team pulled the body of a missing swimmer from Congamond Lake in Southwick this morning.

22News was there as rescue crews pulled the body from Middle Pond just after 10:30 Saturday morning.

Southwick Police Chief Paul Ricardi identified the victim as 33 year-old Michael Chace of Enfield, Connecticut. His body was found in thirty feet of water.

The pond was closed to the public Thursday night and Friday morning, as recovery crews searched for a man who went into the water from a boat and never resurfaced Thursday.

Police suspended their search Friday afternoon at 2:30 and resumed early Saturday morning. On Saturday, the lake was open to boaters; something some residents weren’t happy about.

“I was pretty surprised that they were opening the lake when they hadn’t found the body yet.  Out of respect to the family and the person who drowned, and what if you’re boating and all the sudden your child sees a floating body? It would be terrible for a kid to see that.” Amy Arruda of Southwick said.

Environmental police, state police, and Suffield police all assisted Southwick police and fire departments in the search.

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.