Story by Lourice Angie
A father drowned in Greenwood Lake on Sun., Aug. 18 while trying to assist two young children to get back onto a boat.
Around 5:20 p.m. the Greenwood Lake Police Department and Greenwood Lake Fire Department immediately responded to a call about a possible drowning and a person submerged mid-lake.
Witnesses report that two children, both wearing safety vests jumped off of a pontoon boat to swim, but became distressed when trying to get back on the boat. The father of one of the children, David Traub, 38, of Chestnut Ridge, NY, jumped into the water to help the children.
With the assistance of another passenger on the boat, both children who were between the ages of eight and 10 were safely brought aboard, but Traub who did not know how to swim, sadly submerged and did not resurface in the 25 ft. deep end of the lake.
The Greenwood Lake Police Department along with the help of multiple agencies including the New York State Police, Warwick Police Dept., West Milford New Jersey Police Dept., Greenwood Lake and Monroe Fire Departments, Greenwood Lake EMS, Pomona Valley, and others commenced a search for Traub.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. the search was ceased due to inclement weather that included heavy downpours of rain and lightning. The search for Traub continued at 9 a.m. on Mon., Aug. 19. G.L. Police recovered his body from the water at approximately 10 a.m.
G.L. Police Chief John Hansen said that the Police Department is still looking into the number of people who were on the boat at the time of the incident. It is said that there was approximately 10 children and four adults, but that has still not been confirmed.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and his family during this difficult time. I’d like to thank all of the agencies involved – DeFeo’s Marina, State Police, Monroe Fire and Greenwood Lake Police Department for leading the search and rescue,” said Mayor Jesse Dwyer during a press conference.