Police: Rotterdam man nearly drowns in Scotia’s Collins Lake

Incident occurred around 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday
The beach at Collins Lake in Scotia.
The beach at Collins Lake in Scotia.

Categories: News, Schenectady County

Scotia police say they are investigating a Rotterdam man’s near-drowning on the southeastern end of Collins Lake around 2:50 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. 

Officers were called to that area to check on the welfare of a 36-year-old Rotterdam man who may have been under the influence of drugs while swimming in the lake, police said in a release.

Upon arrival, officers observed a woman, who was later identified as the man’s mother, in the water with the unresponsive man screaming for help. 

Officers entered the knee-deep water and brought the man to shore, where Scotia Fire Department paramedics performed CPR. The man was resuscitated and transported to Ellis Hospital in Schenectady for further treatment.

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