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Rescue Crews End Search along Green River in Greenfield


GREENFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Crews from several Franklin County towns were out on the Green River Tuesday afternoon looking for a man believed to be in the water.

Greenfield Fire Deputy Chief Robert Strahan tells ABC40 that they were called out around 2:00 p.m. Tuesday after a tent belonging to a man, who is possibly homeless, was found downstream in the river from its typical spot.

The call to emergency personnel came in as a check of welfare along the river.

For three hours crews from Greenfield Police and Fire and Turners Falls Fire, along with members of the Northfield dive team searched the river.

Greenfield Fire Captain John Whitney says the dive team floated on boogie boards to conduct the search.  “Lot of water, lot of volume, really muddy.  Dive team did not consider the river overly fast,” he notes.

At around 5:20 p.m. crews ended their search not having found the missing man.

At this time the Greenfield Police Department reports their patrols will continue to keep an eye out for him throughout the evening.   However, there are no plans at this point to conduct another search of the river tomorrow.

Police are not currently releasing his name.




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