Accident Database

Report ID# 11805

  • PFD Not Worn or Present
  • Does not Apply
  • Inadequate Equipment

Accident Description

Town of Wells Hamilton County Recovery: On July 3 at 2:55 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from the DEC Sacandaga Campground requesting emergency assistance for an unconscious male in the Sacandaga River. Ray Brook Dispatch advised the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and dispatched four Forest Rangers. Rangers responded with an airboat and began searching the river from the Northville boat launch. At 3:49 p.m., the subject was located in a Class 3 river rapids area only accessible by water. Ranger Airboat AB-53 responded to the location, where Rangers entered the water and recovered the deceased subject. The 64-year-old male had gone tubing without a personal floatation device (PFD), along with six other people. After riding strong currents for approximately 300 yards, he attempted to get to shore but was swept under and did not recover.

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