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Authorities recover body in Wilmington swimming hole

July 5, 2017 GMT


A swim with friends turned deadly in New York’s North Country.

The Essex County coroner tells WCAX News the 31-year-old victim’s body was recovered just after 2 p.m. at the Wilmington Flume. That’s where authorities say Matthew Miller was swimming with friends Monday afternoon when he went under and didn’t resurface.

Crews from across the North Country were at the scene Tuesday working together to find Miller’s body. Conditions were so bad out on the Ausable River that divers had to stay out of the water.

“Right now, the water is really deep and fast moving and heavily aerated because of the recent storms and runoff from all the mountains, so it is especially dangerous right now,” said Frank Whitelaw, Essex County Coroner.

Whitelaw says crews were able to find Miller’s body by boat using a remote camera.

He says there are plenty of safe places to swim in the North Country this time of year and that people are taking their lives into their own hands when they head into the water like the Wilmington Flume with conditions like we have seen this week.