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Crews Work to Remove Body from Housatonic River


PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Emergency crews have been out on the Housatonic River for hours now after a male individual was swept under the water and sucked into a highly pressurized drain.

At this time Pittsfield Police and emergency personnel are in the area of Mill Street working to remove his body.

The unidentified individual, who’s either in his late teens or early 20’s, was seen swimming in a shallow part of the river at around 11:30 this morning when he was suddenly pulled under due to the river’s strong current, created by the recent amount of rainfall.

Because there’s a dam type-set-up in this section of the river, the focus of rescue crews is to remove the body by dropping a large piece of steel into the river to try and stop the highly pressurized water.  This will allow divers to be able to safely go down into the drain and remove his body.

Officials add that the area is not normally used for swimming.

ABC40 will have more on this story, on-air and online, as it becomes available.

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