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Police identify victim of Westfield River drowning, call it accidental

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The body of a 28-year-old Springfield man was recovered from the Westfield River late Sunday morning.

Massachusetts state police told CBS 3 that they began to provide assistance to the Westfield police and fire departments at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Westfield police said they first got the call of a missing swimmer around 5:20 p.m.

After calling off the search at 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, state police resumed their search on the river early Sunday morning with troopers from their underwater recovery team and air wing.

Crews could be seen just east of the Great River Bridge, near Hanover Street.

According to state police, divers recovered the body at 11 a.m. The victim was identified as Luis Robles and authorities called the drowning accidental.

They said Robles was downstream from where witnesses last reported seeing him.

On Saturday, police said the man apparently got caught in the current of the river and did not make it across while swimming with his friends.

State police said any further information will likely be released through the Hampden County District Attorney's Office.

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