Recovery efforts continue for man who disappeared in Swift Creek Reservoir

Posted at 8:25 PM, Jun 25, 2023
and last updated 2023-06-26 13:02:19-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — A recovery operation continued Monday in the Swift Creek Reservoir after a man went underwater and never resurfaced, according to Chesterfield Police.

"At about 6:07 p.m. on Sunday, police were called to assist rescue personnel with a potential drowning in the Swift Creek Reservoir near the 5700 block of Promontory Pointe Road. Responding officers learned an adult male had gone into the water and went under without coming back to the surface," a Chesterfield Police spokesperson wrote in an email. "Chesterfield Fire and EMS personnel are currently on scene conducting a recovery operation."

Swift Creek drowning

The man went into the water on his own from a boat and was with a family member at the time, officials said.

Police have not yet released the person's name nor details surrounding the drowning.

First responders are using sonar to try and find the man instead of divers due to the amount silt in the water, which Captain Joe Harvey with Chesterfield Fire and EMS said essentially creates a cloud of fog that divers can't see through.

The reservoir covers about 1,700 acres and there are eight miles of shoreline in the area.

Anyone with information was asked to call Chesterfield Police at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email to send a tip.

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