BELLINGHAM, Mass. — Authorities in Bellingham, Massachusetts, say they have recovered the body of a 42-year-old man from Rhode Island who drowned in a local lake.

Bellingham Fire Chief Steven Gentile says the body was located after a search Tuesday night of shallow but muddy Lake Hiawatha.

Gentile says the victim, identified as Martin Armando Celado-Herrera of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, was one of two occupants of a canoe that overturned just before sunset. The other person was able to make it to shore, but the victim couldn’t swim and wasn’t wearing a life vest.

Dive teams from nearby Cumberland and North Smithfield, Rhode Island, assisted the search.

The lake is only about 7 feet (2.1 meters) deep.


This story has been corrected to show that the victim is 42 years old, not 43.

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