Oct 29: Missing Fisherman Recovered in Tolland
State Police Recover Missing Fisherman in Tolland
Preliminary investigation indicates that yesterday, October 28, 2007 at approximately 5:40 p.m. troopers from the State Police Barracks in Lee responded to the Otis Reservoir to investigate a report of a missing fisherman. It was determined that during the afternoon 47-year old Charles Frestachi and 46-year old Marc Camporeale both from New York City were fishing in a canoe when it capsized. Frestachi swam to shore but Camporeale was believed still in the water. A search of the Reservoir and surrounding area was conducted by members of the Massachusetts State Police Airwing, the Massachusetts State Police K-9 Unit, the Environmental Police Department, the Otis Police Department, and Otis Fire and Rescue. At approximately 10:00 p.m. the search was suspended due to safety concerns. Frestachi was taken to Fairview Hospital and treated. It is uncertain if either Camporeale or Frestachi wearing a floatation device at the time the canoe rolled.
Today, at approximately 6:30 a.m. as the search resumed four members of the Massachusetts State Police Underwater Recovery Unit joined the search, and at approximately 10:58 a.m. Camporeale was recovered from the Otis Reservoir. Further investigation into this incident will be conducted by the Berkshire County State Police Detective Unit.
No further information is available at this time. Please do not call the barracks directly.
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