Man’s body found by divers in Puffer’s Pond in Amherst

  • Emergency personnel search for a missing swimmer at Puffer's Pond in Amherst, Friday, May 4, 2018.

  • Emergency personnel search for a missing swimmer at Puffer’s Pond in Amherst on Friday. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

Published: 5/5/2018 8:33:05 AM

AMHERST — A man’s body was recovered from Puffer’s Pond in Amherst Friday.

According to the Northwestern district attorney’s office, Massachusetts State Police Dive Team members and several local divers recovered the body at around 5:43 p.m. after it was submerged for several hours.

Mary Carey, the communications director for the district attorney’s office, said no foul play is suspected, and that more details would be released as they become available.

Carey said Sunday that the name of the drowning victim is expected to be released Monday.

Emergency responders were called to the pond for a report of a possible drowning at around 1:40 p.m. Calls came over the police scanner from bystanders who had lost sight of a man in the middle of the pond.

By 2 p.m. Amherst Police had closed State Street, and later shut down the opposite beach on Mill Street, as well.

“The Amherst Police Department along with the Amherst Fire Department, and Regional Dive Team are currently searching the area of Puffer’s Pond in North Amherst for a missing adult swimmer,” the Amherst Police Department tweeted at 3:15 p.m.

As of 4 p.m. search crews were in “recovery mode” according to Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson.

Prior to last week’s incident, the last drowning at Puffer’s Pond occurred in 2003.

Though a popular swimming site, Puffer’s Pond has no lifeguards.

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