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Death of man in Lake George ruled a drowning

2013-08-15T21:00:00Z 2013-08-15T21:00:14Z Death of man in Lake George ruled a drowningMICHAEL GOOT - Glens Falls Post-Star
August 15, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

BOLTON -- The death of a man in Lake George Wednesday afternoon has been ruled a drowning.

Trevor M. Capanzano, 31, of Woodstock, was piloting a rented boat in the area of Recluse Island at about 2 p.m. while his three friends were fishing off the side. He stopped the boat and decided to jump into the lake for a swim, according to police.

He failed to surface and his friends attracted the attention of people nearby on the island, who called emergency personnel.

Divers from the countywide marine team, including members from Queensbury Central, Lake George and North Queensbury fire departments and the Lake George Park Commission assisted in the search of the waters near The Sagamore resort. At about 4:15 p.m., a State Police helicopter located Capanzano’s body in 15-foot deep water about 100 feet from the northern shore of Clay Island.

An autopsy was conducted on Thursday, but investigators still do not know exactly why Capanzano drowned, according to Washington County Sheriff’s Lt. Steven Stockdale.

“We’re still in the process of gathering information as to what type of experience he had in the water,” he said.

Officials are waiting for toxicology reports but police do not suspect alcohol as a cause.

Wednesday’s water temperature for Lake George was 74 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Neither Capanzano nor his passengers were wearing life vests, although police said life vests were on board the boat.

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