HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - A Holyoke Fire Department spokesman said a diver searching for a teen missing in the CT River, recovered a body more than an hour and a half after the teenager fell from a cliff in Holyoke Monday Night.
"There was a recovery, and the party was taken to Holyoke Medical Center," Said Holyoke police Lt. Manuel Reyes.
The recovery was confirmed in more graphic terms by Holyoke Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Paquin, who issued a release that reads, in part, "A body was recovered from the river by the South Hadley Fire Department,"
Police say the body was recovered at 9:20PM, Monday. Lt. Matthew Moriarty confirmed with 22News that the victim is 18-year-old Jonathan Ramos of Holyoke. Police say he fell from a place called "High Rock" in the Jones Point section of the city, around 7:45PM, Monday. It's estimated the boy fell 45 to 50 feet.
"He's from Holyoke... He was there with a group of friends... They saw him struggling in the water, and then he disappeared," Reyes said.
Lt Reyes told 22News that the State Police Helicopter was involved in the search for a time, but had to return to base for refueling.
Along with the State Police Air Wing, the State Police and South Hadley SCUBA dive teams were in the water, and several boats were launched by the Holyoke and South Hadley Police and fire departments.
Lt. Reyes could not say whether the victim had been swimming prior to the incident. He did acknowledge that, "High Rock is not a public swimming area. Swimming is not allowed there."
22News will continue to follow the latest on this story Tuesday morning, starting at 4:30AM.