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Rescue Crews Explain How Dangerous CT River Can Be

HOLYOKE DROWNINGCHOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Holyoke police and fire, along with help from South Hadley and State Police dive teams even troopers in helicopters frantically combed the waters of the Connecticut River Monday evening for 18-year-old Jonathan Ramos.

“The water’s dangerous, especially about now, and that’s what the crew is going to do. They’re going to get out there and rescue anybody that’s in trouble. It’s dangerous for the crews too, that’s why we ask people this time of year, just don’t go into the river. Stay away from the river,” said Lt. Thomas Paquin.

While hanging out with friends, the teenager slipped off of High Rock, in the river’s Jones Point section.

The spot is popular among teens on hot summer days trying to cool off, but looks can be deceiving. “The water seems calm to look at, but below the surface of that water, it’s really moving a lot. There’s tons of debris down there, lots of brush and if you go in that water, you’re going to get trapped,” Lt. Paquin added.

Even though there are a few no trespassing signs leading up to the property, Lt. Paquin says this time of year calls for water rescues spike.

On Monday night Holyoke Gas & Electric, who runs the dam was able to hold back a portion of it to make the search go a little smoother.

Still, if you are considering a swim in the river Lt. Paquin says to keep an eye on nearby boat docks.

If they’re near empty, it’s a sign that if the water’s not calm enough to boat on, it’s not calm enough to swim in.

High Rock area is patrolled by State Environmental Police.

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