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Body Of Missing Swimmer Recovered From Frozen Wareham Pond

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Dive teams resumed their search Monday for a missing swimmer in an icy pond in Wareham.

WAREHAM (CBS) – Dive teams were able to recover the body of a missing swimmer in an icy pond in Wareham around 12:30 p. m. Monday.

Assistant Wareham Fire Chief John Kelley said providing closure for the family of the man was important.

“They were present during that timeframe while all the agencies worked hard at the task at hand to make the recovery,” he said. READ MORE: Mass.

First responders from several towns were called to the small reservoir near a cranberry bog off County Road around 4:30 p. m. Sunday.

Initially, authorities said the middle-aged man had fallen through the ice.

On Monday, they told reporters he actually went into the frigid water willingly to go for a swim, something they said he does regularly.

Rescuers were there in seven minutes but weren’t able to find him. READ MORE: COVID Victims: Remembering The Lives Lost During The Pandemic In MassachusettsPolice are still investigating why the man was unable to get out of the water.

Divers searched a small pond near a cranberry bog off County Road in Wareham Sunday night. (WBZ-TV)

Multiple divers went in and chainsaws were used to cut through the ice, which was five inches thick in some spots, as temperatures dropped to about 10 degrees.

The search ended around midnight and then resumed Monday at 8 a. m.

It’s basically it’s a pond they use to flood cranberry bogs, so it’s not like a pond someone would go swimming in normally,” assistant fire chief Patrick Haskell told WBZ-TV.

Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers COVID-19 Vaccine QuestionsDivers searched a small pond near a cranberry bog off County Road in Wareham Monday. (WBZ-TV)

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