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Woman dies in diving accident at New Hartford pond

NEW HARTFORD – State police say that a diver who was found in distress at West Hill Pond in New Hartford on Saturday morning, and was airlifted to the hospital has died.

State police said Carol Driscoll, 51, of East Longmeadow Mass. died Sunday at Hartford Hospital.

First responders got the call just after 9 a.m. The New Hartford Fire Department, New Hartford Police, state police from Troop B in Canaan and EnCon Police (DEEP) all responded to the pond. CPR was administered to the unresponsive diver, who was then taken to an unnamed hospital via LifeStar helicopter.

The popular swimming location is accessed via Brodie Park which is owned by the town of New Hartford in Litchfield County.  Investigators were seen photographing a scuba tank in the park’s parking lot.

Driscoll had been completing her deep water certification at the time of the incident.