SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) - On Saturday night, a 5-year-old girl fell from a dock in South Hadley into the Connecticut River. State Police resumed the searching on Sunday.
The search began on Saturday as a rescue mission but resumed Sunday morning as a recovery operation.
A 5 year old girl fell into the Connecticut River from a dock on Cove Island Road in South Hadley around 9:30 Saturday night.
This is the second tragic accident in the same area of the Connecticut River this summer. On June 18th, 18-year-old Jonathan Ramos fell from High Rock in Holyoke and drowned. That's just across the river from Cove Island Road.
The biggest challenge for the rescue team was the strong current, as well as an unusually high level of the Connecticut River. That's because of the downpour we had recently, and neighbors in South Hadley are noticing the difference in river levels between last year and this year as well.
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.
In fact, the Connecticut River is about six feet higher than normal. Police and fire officials are urging everyone to be careful.
Because of the intense heat and the energy draining work of the search team, Pioneer Valley Red Cross disaster relief volunteers brought food and something to drink. The volunteers also brought wet towels to help cool the search team.