OTIS, Mass. (WWLP) - Search teams continued their effort Monday to find a young man who police believe drowned in the Otis Reservoir over the weekend.
Police Chief Roberta Sarnacki told 22News on Sunday that they believe a 22 year-old town resident drowned after jumping from a boat that afternoon. She said that their efforts at the reservoir are now in "recovery mode."
The man was one of two people who jumped; Fire Chief Sandy Pinkham told 22News that the other man who jumped was the possible victim's father. Pinkham says the father brought to safety by boaters, but that the son was not found.
Pinkham said that the incident shows the importance of wearing life jackets while boating.
"From what I understand, this person was not an accomplished swimmer, and he did not have a life jacket on. I think we wouldn't be here if he did have a life jacket on," Pinkham said.
A SONAR unit has been scanning the bottom of the reservoir for the 22 year-old, and other boats have been conducing their search along the shore.
The number of people involved in the search operation dropped from 90 people on Sunday to about 40 people on Monday.