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Divers suspend search for boater believed drowned on Great Sacandaga Lake

Divers suspend search for boater believed drowned on Great Sacandaga Lake

The incident happened Saturday night
Divers suspend search for boater believed drowned on Great Sacandaga Lake
State police and Fulton County Sheriff's deputies search the Great Sacandaga Lake for the body of a man believed to have drowned
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

NORTHAMPTON -- A search for a missing boater believed to have drowned in the Great Sacandaga Lake Saturday night was suspended Sunday afternoon without finding the individual's body, state police said.

The search will resume Monday morning.

State police first responded to the area of the Northampton State Campground just before 9 p.m. Saturday for a report of a missing boater.

The boater was swimming in the lake off of a boat in the area of the campground when the boater had difficulty swimming and went underwater, state police said. The person's identify has not been released. A state police release late Sunday afternoon did not indicate whether the boater was male or female.

Photos: Images from Sunday's Great Sacandaga Lake search

The state police Underwater Recovery Team responded to the area and searched much of Sunday. They were assisted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Saratoga County Sheriff's Office and multiple fire departments.

The search closed the Northampton boat launch Sunday and boaters were asked to avoid the area as the divers worked.

Boats could be seen scouring the choppy-watered lake all afternoon on Sunday until the search was finally called off for the day around 4 p.m.

The search commenced as families and visitors populated nearby campgrounds to escape the weekend’s high temperatures, which had climbed into the upper 90’s at some points on Saturday, and hovered around the high 80s on Sunday. The weekend was so hot that cooling centers opened up around various municipalities and people flocked to local public pools.

Even though the Northampton boat launch was closed and boaters were asked to avoid the area, boaters and jet-skiers remained close by, taking in the scene of police boats circling.

The presence of police on the otherwise quiet lake all day did not go unnoticed by visitors.

“We’ve only been out for maybe an hour, but they’ve been out here all day. It’s a little eerie, to be honest,” Cathy March, who had taken her boat out on the lake with her family on Sunday.

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