A 20-year-old Bronx man on staff at Camp of the Woods on Lake Pleasant drowned Saturday afternoon after losing his life preserver about a quarter mile from shore, Hamilton County Sheriff Karl Abrams said today as personnel from several agencies were spending a third day searching for the body believed to be in about 40 feet of water.
The victim's name was not being disclosed as the search continued.
Abrams said the victim and a young woman, who was also on staff at the camp, were kayaking in the same vessel about 2:30 p.m. Saturday when the woman attempted to show the victim how to tread water.
The victim could not swim and for some reason the life preserver he was wearing came off, Abrams said.
The woman tried to rescue the victim and was treading water when the operator of a personal watercraft picked her up and transported her to shore.
Confusion over the location of the drowning is making it difficult to recover the body, Abrams said, noting Lake Pleasant is a big lake.
Dragging operations were conducted Saturday and Sunday and divers from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, state police and the St. Johnsville Fire Department were all in the lake today.
Abrams said divers were being assisted by side-scanning sonar. Crews were also assisted by aerial reconnaissance.
The drowning occurred in the eastern section of the lake, not far from Camp of the Woods, Abrams said.