PITTSFIELD, Mass. - The body
of the missing teenage swimmer who was pulled into an underwater pipe along the
Mill Street Dam in the Housatonic River has been recovered according to the
area's Fire Chief.
Pittsfield Police and Fire
Departments were on the scene Wednesday in search of the 18-year-old man who is
said to have been pulled under water by a current while swimming in the dam
around 11:45 a.m. Crews said they believed he then got stuck in an underwater
Recovery crews attempted to
stop the flow of the river through a spillway using a crane which lowered a
large aluminum plate into place, backed up with large sand bags. This method
reduced the water pressure, disrupting the whirlpool, which held the victim in
Still unable to dislodge the
victim, two divers were sent into the water and the victim was finally
The woman who tried to rescue
him, 21-year-old Kayla Philips of Pittsfield said they were just hanging out
along the dam having a good time when he went for a swim to cool off, not
knowing about the pipe.
Philips told the NEWS CENTER
she met the teenager a few days ago, saying he was from Los Angeles, just
traveling the country.
Authorities have not yet
identified the teen pending family notification.
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