Body of 35-year-old swimmer found in Lake Hills Beach in Fairfield


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Fairfield Police are investigating a drowning at Lake Hills Beach Sunday morning.

Fairfield Police say they received a 911 call for a missing swimmer at the beach off of Tahmore Drive around 8:40 a.m. The caller reported he and a friend had gone swimming. The friend dove off a dock and did not resurface for several minutes.

Dive teams from Fairfield, Bridgeport, and Trumbull attempted to locate the swimmer in the water.

Around 12:45 p.m. crews recovered the victim’s body, identified as Karlis Eltermanis, 35, of Bridgeport, about 50 feet from shore in about five-and-a-half feet of water.

The Fairfield Fire Department sent a warning following the drowning reminding “everyone how quickly drownings can occur. According to the American Institutes for Research, 57.1% of all aquatic related accidents occur in natural bodies of water such as lakes or rivers. Make sure to take extra precautions in circumstances involving natural bodies of water by testing the water’s depth and always remember that natural occurrences can affect the water’s depth.”

The incident remains under investigation by the Fairfield Police Detective Bureau and Office of the Medical Examiner.

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