Indian Leap section of the Chicopee River known as a dangerous spot for swimming

Hampden County

Authorities have identified the man who drowned in the Chicopee River in Ludlow Sunday.

Searchers found the body of 24-year-old Springfield resident Jaime Lopez in the Chicopee River on Monday.

Springfield Police and State Police dive teams recovered his body a little before noon on Monday after beginning their search Sunday night.

Springfield Police said Lopez’ friends lost sight of him in the Indian Leap section of the Chicopee River between Indian Orchard and Ludlow.

The area is known to be a dangerous spot for swimming due to the strength of the current.

Many people go to the spot above the Chicopee River to do cliff jumping but one man told 22News cliff jumping or swimming here is just too dangerous.

Brett Bennett of Wilbraham told 22News, “I saw the rocks and everything and maybe not for me, I haven’t jumped in and I advise people not too but people take the risks.”

Springfield Parks Director Patrick Sullivan told 22News Indian Leap is not park land, there is no life guard and people should not swim there.

Sullivan recommends people swim only in approved public swimming locations, including Five Mile Pond and Lake Lorraine.

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