Two men swept away by current in the Chicopee River ID’d
Two Saudi Arabian college students were identified Tuesday as the men who were swept away by the current in the Chicopee River in Wilbraham last week, authorities said.
Theeb Alyami, 27, of Hartford, Conn., and Jaser Daham Alrakah, 25, of Springfield apparently drowned last Friday, the Hampden district attorney’s office said in a statement.
Both were students attending local colleges, according to the district attorney’s office.
Wilbraham police responded to Red Bridge Road shortly before 5:15 p.m. on Friday for a report of swimmers in distress.
Several witnesses told authorities that two small children had gone into the water and began to have difficulty with the current, according to the district attorney’s office.
Several adults went in the water to help the two children, and two of those adults were overtaken by the current and swept away, authorities said.
A State Police dive team and air wing helped in the subsequent search. One of the victims was recovered Friday. The search for the second victim stopped at sunset Friday, and resumed Saturday to no avail.
On Monday morning, authorities responded to a report of a body near a dam on Cottage Avenue near the Ludlow/Wilbraham line. Authorities located the second victim there.