Body of missing person pulled from Taunton River

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SOMERSET, Mass. (WPRI) — After searching the Taunton River for two days, the body of a person was found in the water on Sunday morning.

According to Somerset Fire Chief Jamison Barros, the body, who officials are not identifying yet, was found just south of Gay Street.

Officials launched a massive search on Saturday morning, after a boater was reported overdue from the Somerset Yacht Club.

The chief said the person left on a dinghy Friday night to get on a larger boat, but never returned and their car was still parked in the yacht club lot.

The dinghy was later located during Saturday’s search, but no sign of the boater, according to officials.

Crews resumed the search around 8 a.m. Sunday after it was called off Saturday due to darkness and the choppy waters.

Somerset Fire activated a task force that included Somerset Police, Somerset Harbor Master, as well as assets from Fall River, Tiverton, Bristol, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Massachusetts Environmental Police. The Massachusetts State Police Air Wing also contributed to the search effort.

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