Accident Database

Report ID# 3948

  • Health Problem
  • Heart Attack / Heart Failure
  • Other

Accident Description

Police: Kayaker died of heart attack in Hudson River

THURMAN | A 75-year-old Johnsburg man died of a heart attack while kayaking the Hudson River on Sunday, despite a valiant effort by a rescuer who saw his boat overturn. The victim's name was not released, pending notification of next of kin. An autopsy performed Monday led to the conclusion that a heart attack caused his death.

Warren County sheriff's Lt. Steve Stockdale said the man was kayaking with a friend when he was apparently stricken near River Road shortly before noon. The friend was ahead of him and could not turn his boat around to get back upstream to him, but a person who saw the capsizing from across the river called 911 and swam across the river to pull the victim out, Stockdale said. He began CPR, but the kayaker could not be revived despite the efforts of emergency medical service providers who arrived on the scene as well. Stockdale said the man was in very good shape and was an experienced kayaker.

Glens Falls Post-Star, Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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