Swimmer presumed dead in Beacon Reservoir

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NYSP Dive Team (File photo [c] Mid-Hudson News)

TOWN OF FISHKILL – A man who went swimming in the Beacon Reservoir on Tuesday night went missing and first responders are continuing the search for the 35-year-old Beacon resident.  The victim’s name has not been released by authorities.

The man was at the reservoir on Tuesday night with friends and he went swimming at approximately 9:15 p.m., according to Fishkill Police Lieutenant Paul Schettino.  When the swimmer failed to emerge from the lake, his friends called 911 at about 9:25 p.m.

Police, fire, and EMS personnel responded to the reservoir on Tuesday night and performed a search using manpower and a drone, but were unable to locate the man, Schettino said.

On Wednesday morning police from the Fishkill and Beacon police departments, S Park Police, and Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office were at the scene awaiting the arrival of the New York State Police dive team.  “This is now a recovery effort,” Schettino said, adding “The first responders worked diligently last night to find him and will do so again today.”

The Mount Beacon Reservoir is one of three reservoirs for the City of Beacon and is currently off-line for repairs. The city also has two wells.   It is located between Beacon Mountain and Scofield Ridge, in the Town of Fishkill.  It is the highest lake in Dutchess County.

The reservoir is accessible by a dirt road which many hikers use to climb the mountain.  Swimming, boating, and fishing are prohibited in the reservoir.