Sunday evening saw a tragedy that is rare these days – a boating accident that took the life of a young father. Early Sunday evening, Village of Greenwood Lake Police responded to a distressed boater call. A 38-year-old Chestnut Ridge man jumped in the water from a rented boat to assist his young child in getting back onto the boat.
The child was wearing a life preserver but the man was not. The man was unable to get back into the boat and drowned in about 25 feet of water. Although the water was choppy from a very busy day with many boats on the lake, this tragedy needs to be a wake up call for those who boat on any lake.
Be familiar with your boat and its safety equipment including throwable flotation devices and additional life jackets. It is best to swim from an anchored boat – unanchored boats will drift and make swimming back very difficult.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and his family during this difficult time. We would like to thank the countless agencies involved in the rescue effort including, but not limited to – Chief Hansen and the Greenwood Lake Police Department, G.L. EMS, G.L. FD, Monroe FD, State Police, Kiryas Joel First Responders, Warwick Fire & EMS, West Milford PD and Dive Team and Steve Defeo for providing the staging area and resources necessary to perform the rescue operation.