Crews search for man swept away in Farmington River
By WFSB Staff
The following photo of Nasir Alam was provided by his family.
FARMINGTON, CT (WFSB) -
Rescue crews, along with family, resumed the search for a missing 25-year-old man in Farmington Wednesday.
The man, who has been identified as Nasir Alam, of East Hartford, went missing in the Farmington River Tuesday afternoon while tubing with a group of people.
Investigators said the tubers went into the river in the area of Route 4 in Farmington and Route 179 in Burlington just before 4 p.m. The seven people, who were all in their early 20s, were only on their tubes for three to four minutes when people heard them scream for help, investigators said.
Officials were able to pull six of the seven from the water safely. However, Alam was not found.
"Allah bless him. God bless him. I need my son alive," father Shah Alam said.
Police said the six rescued were shaken by the incident but had non-life-threatening injuries, including minor scrapes and bruises.
"Everyone got separated," said Richard Czuprynski, who was one of the people rescued. "I saw him flip over. I swam over to try to help him, but before I could grab him, the water pushed me away and I couldn't see him anymore."
Nasir Alam was last seen in the river near the Avon/Farmington town line, police said.
The river was still rough Wednesday and levels are still too high and too fast for boats to be useful, police said Wednesday.
"There's just too much water," said Lt. Marshall Porter of the Farmington Police Department. "The flow rate is too high and it's absolutely treacherous."
Late Wednesday afternoon, helicopters equipped with heat sensors flew overhead, scaling the roaring waters.
Nasir Alam's parents and friends remain hopeful.
"Maybe he got hurt," said Linda Alam, Nasir Alam's stepmother. "Maybe he's just on the side and he can't get up to the edge of the river. That's what we're hoping."
Crews said the water will be calm enough to enter by Friday at the earliest.
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call the Farmington Police Department at 860-675-2400.
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