OTIS, Mass. – According to the Berkshire County District Attorney, a body has been found at the Otis Reservoir.
The District Attorney's Office says the man's body has been pulled on the third straight day of searching. Officials are not yet releasing the man's identity.
The Pittsfield Fire Department responded to the scene at approximately 2 p.m. Saturday, and a Berkshire County Sheriff dive team and State Police were also on the scene in what remained a rescue effort over the weekend.
Authorities said on Saturday a man in his twenties, his father, and a friend set out on the Otis Reservoir in the town of Otis to go fishing. The father and son decided to go swimming, but the son started to struggle, and officials said his father attempted to help him.
Dive crews have been searching underwater and using sonar to try and find him. Fire Chief Sandy Pinkham said neither men were wearing life jackets, which could have saved the man.
"It's very dangerous, I mean if you're out on a boat you should be wearing a life jacket even if you're an accomplished swimmer," said Pinkham.
The Hinsdale Fire Department, State Police, Berkshire County Sheriff's Office and Otis Rescue were on the scene Monday morning to resume the search of the young man. Officials now believe, however, that he has likely drowned, making the search a recovery effort.
Family and friends of the man were heartbroken as crews continued to come back to shore with no sign of him.
"I was shocked and really upset, because this is, I haven't really experienced anything like this," said Nicholas Perault of Pittsfield, friend of the missing man. "It's hard enough just to watch the family just so disappointed about this whole thing and this is all just a freak accident. It just happened out of nowhere and this is very disappointing."
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