Schenectady man identified as victim in weekend Mohawk River rowboat accident

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SCHENECTADY The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim of a weekend rowboat accident on the Mohawk River as a Schenectady man.

James Addison, 58, died in the Saturday morning accident. His cause of death has been ruled accidental drowning, officials said.

Members of the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office’s Marine Unit responded to the Mohawk River near Schenectady County Community College at about 8:45 a.m. Saturday for a person in a capsized rowing boat, also known as a sculling boat, officials said.

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The man was not wearing a life jacket when found. He was unresponsive in the water, officials said.

The Scotia Fire Department pulled Addison from the water and attempted lifesaving measures. He was taken to Ellis Hospital by Mohawk Ambulance but was soon pronounced dead.

Addison was a resident of Schenectady’s Stockade and a member of the Stockade Association’s Board of Directors, association President Suzanne Unger wrote on the association’s website.

He had moved to the neighborhood in 2019 and was “well along” in the process of restoring the west gardens at Riverside Park, Unger wrote.

“In the short time he lived here, James made lasting contributions to the Stockade,” Unger wrote. “As a retired Naval officer and corporate executive, James generously shared his knowledge, skills and experience with our neighborhood. I will miss the perspective and expertise he brought to our board of directors. We will all miss him as a leader and a friend in our community.”

The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the New York State Police, Scotia Fire Department and Mohawk Ambulance.

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