A person identified this evening as 54-year-old Gallupville resident Gary J. Schultz was found dead Wednesday in Schoharie County in the cab of a construction vehicle submerged in a private pond, according to police. The death was ruled accidental.
The Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office said the vehicle, a payloader, was upside down in a pond on Rickard Hill Road between Pickett Hill Road and Abrams Road in the town of Wright when police were called to the scene around 4:45 p.m.
Police said the payloader was at the bottom of a steep and “extremely icy” slope. A towing service was called to help remove the vehicle from the water. When the vehicle was removed, around 7:45, the operator was found dead in the cab. The body was sent to Albany Medical Center for an autopsy.
Because of the temperature of the water, a cold-water rescue team from the Berne Fire Department was deployed as a safety precaution for the recovery effort, police said.
The Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office also was assisted by the Gallupville and East Berne fire departments.
GAZETTE COVERAGEEnsure access to everything we do, today and every day, check out our subscribe page at DailyGazette.com/Subscribe
More from The Daily Gazette:
Categories: News, Schenectady County