SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) - A girl who fell into the Connecticut River in South Hadley over the weekend was visiting western Massachusetts from the West Coast, according to the Northwestern District Attorney's Office.
Office spokesperson Mary Carey notified 22News that the girl was the youngest member of family from California that was visiting relatives on Cove Island Road in South Hadley.
The family was getting ready to launch some fireworks at around 9:30 Saturday night, when somebody saw the girl walking on a dock and then fall through a space between the end of the dock and a boat.
Several people jumped into the water but they couldn't find the girl, who is presumed to have died.
The raging river current has been a problem in the search to find her body.
Chris Valine of South Hadley told 22News, "It was clear and calm last year. I was out here on the Fourth of July. I was able to go swimming. It was crystal clear. You could walk out maybe 15-20 feet. This year, it just hasn't calm down."
"You can tell by the color of the river and everything. It's a lot darker. The height of it is a lot higher than we've ever had in the past. It's a sad thing," said David Jubinville of South Hadley.
The name of the girl is still not being released.
On June 18 th 18 year old Johnathan Ramos was killed when he fell from High Rock in Holyoke into the Connecticut River.
Other drownings this year have been in the Chicopee River, West Springfield and the Otis Reservoir.
South Hadley Fire Captain James Pula told 22News that many more state police divers will be returning to the river on Tuesday morning to continue their search, but according to South Hadley Police, a surface search will be conducted on the river Monday.