The body found in the Farmington River on Monday has been identified as Nasir Alam, the 25-year-old East Hartford man who fell into the river on June 18.
Alam’s body was found around 6:30 p.m. Monday near Tunxis Mead Park.
Alam was one of seven people who went tubing on the rain-swollen river last Tuesday. Just before 4 p.m., they fell into the river near rapids.
Six people were pulled from the water, Farmington Police Chief Paul Melanson said. Firefighters searched the river’s banks west of Unionville for hours on Tuesday.
Dozens of people searched on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Richard Czuprynski, one of the six men rescued, said he tried to help Alam.
“I tried to swim over to him and try to help him. Before I could grab him the water pushed me away,” he said. He said he had just met Alam the day before.
The seven people, all in their early 20s, started tubing in the afternoon near the Burlington town line, and got into trouble about a quarter mile north of the Route 4 bridge west of Unionville, Melanson said.
–By Stephen Busemeyer, The Hartford Courant