HAGUE, N.Y. – Dive teams are back on Lake George to search for a missing man following a boating accident.
According to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday morning, three men were fishing in at 17 foot Campion open bow vessel on Lake George. During that time, authorities say the men were using down riggers in about 130 feet of water.
The vessel eventually became distressed and started taking on water. Authorities say that as the bow launched in the air, one of the occupants jumped into the lake with a personal flotation device.
The vessel did capsize and all three men were in the water. Two of the men, 70-year-old Thomas Greene, and 75-year-old George Boss, held onto the exterior boat. The third man, 59-year-old William Scott, who was using the flotation device, drifted away. Authorities say there was strong current and wind when the incident happened.
Upon interviewing Greene, the operator of the boat, and Boss, the owner of the boat, the Sheriff’s Office determined the men had Scott in their sights for about 10 minutes. However, they eventually lost visual contact.
Greene and Boss remained with the vessel and a bystander rendered aid and called for help.
Despite efforts from dive teams and the New York State Police aviation Unit, Scott was not located.
The search will resume Wednesday morning.
Members from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, New York State DEC, Lake George Park Commission and multiple fire and EMS agencies investigated the incident.