Search for Woman Missing in the Deerfield River
CONWAY, Mass. (WGGB) — The search continues in Conway today for a young woman who went missing in the Deerfield River Sunday afternoon.
According to Mary Carey with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, witnesses reportedly saw her get trapped by what appeared to be a whirlpool.
At the time she was in the river at the number two hydro plant dam area in Conway.
State Police tell us it was in a dangerous part of the river where water is turbulent right now because of the recent rain we’ve had and high water levels.
Northwest Massachusetts Instant Management Team representative, Veronica Mard, tells us police were first notified of a person in distress in the water at 5:18 p.m. Sunday.
Local rescue teams from surrounding communities including the Northfield diving team and the Greenfield and Turners Falls High Angle Rescue crew are on the river now with boats trying to locate her. A State Police Air Wing has also been called in to help assist in the search. Rescue crews worked until dark Sunday night to try and find her.
“We have approximately 80 responders both volunteer and full time working on the incident,” explains Mard.
At this time authorities have not released her identity. She is described as being in her 20s.
ABC40 has a crew there now and as soon as more details emerge we’ll provide an update.