Richmond Police Department called the Vermont State Police for assistance with the investigation and a detective with the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations along with an Assistant Medical Examiner with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded to the scene to conduct an investigation.
The investigation revealed at approximately 1 p.m., a 24-year-old man from Burlington had arrived at the Huntington Gorge to take friends swimming, an area in which the victim's friends advised the victim was familiar with and had swam there before.
The male entered the water with a friend and began swimming upstream.
The victim swam ahead of his friend and as described by witness statements, got caught in a current and whirlpool area of the Gorge and was unable to get himself to safety.
The water conditions ultimately pulled the victim under water.
The victim was pulled out of the water a short distance downstream and CPR efforts were administered by two individuals who were swimming in the area, however the victim did not survive.
The victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's Office where an autopsy is scheduled to be performed. Investigation showed no signs of foul play and statements provided to the State Police
The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.