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Body of Missing Swimmer Found in Fountain Lake

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The body of a man who went missing while swimming with friends in Fountain Lake on Saturday has been found, according to officials.

Rescuers found the 20-year-old man from Bridgeport under 15 feet of water after searching for hours.

Police said his friends noticed he was missing from the group as they got to shore after enjoying a day of swimming in the lake. He was reported missing at around 4:15 p.m.

"It's not an area where a lot of people swim, but occasionally people do come here. It's not posted no swimming, but there's no lifeguard," said Lt Wiliams, from Ansonia Police.

Search and rescue crews from several area towns assisted in the search with divers scouring the murky water.

"One of the biggest problems is once you get divers into the water you end up kicking up mud and debris and you basically have no visibility at all," said Seymour Fire Chief, Jim Smith. 

The man was found shortly before 8pm. The identity of the victim has not yet been released.

With a hot summer expected, officials warn people to be smart as they plan to cool off in area lakes.

"Have the ability to swim. Know the water is quite cold. If you're diving into water, know how deep the water is and what's below the surface."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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