HALFMOON – Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a drowning in the Town of Halfmoon.
Sunday evening the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a drowning in the Mohawk River in Halfmoon near Terminal Road. Sheriff’s patrols and the the Halfmoon Fire Department removed the body of deceased 46-year-old Michael J. Baranowski of Troy at the scene.
“We really don’t know what happened yet,” Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Captain Daniel Morley said Monday. “We don’t know whether it was a medical situation or if he was a poor swimmer.”
There is no indication foul play was involved in the incident Morley said.
A 911 caller around 7:30 p.m. Sunday night reported the drowning after observing what they believed was an obvious deceased person submerged in about three-to-five feet of water, the sheriff’s office said.
The individual may have possibly been swimming, and alone Morley said. He explained at this time the incident is still under investigation.
“I would suggest whatever safe swimming practices are available to you you abide by those,” Morley said. “If you’re not a strong swimmer, wear a life jacket.”
A couple of other individuals have previously drowned in the general area Morley said. He explained the most recent drawing in the area would have been about two years ago.
Drowning becomes more of in an issue in the summer months when more people are spending time near the water Morley said.
The United States has an average of about 3,960 fatal drownings yearly according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Drowning is the third leading cause of death worldwide according to the World Health Organization.