HAGUE -- Police suspended the search for a missing Westerlo man Tuesday evening after spending most of the day looking for him after the boat in which he and two friends were fishing capsized in Lake George waters.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office said around 7:30 p.m. the search for 59-year-old William B. Scott, of 661 County Route 405, Westerlo, will resume in the morning.
Three men were fishing east of the Hague Town Beach in a 17-foot Campion open bow vessel Tuesday morning when the down riggers line they were trolling in about 130 feet of water snagged something around 9:55 a.m., possibly a shelf authorities were able to locate using sonar technology, Warren County Sheriff Bud York said.
According to a release from the department, as the bow launched into the air, Scott jumped into the lake with a life jacket, and eventually the boat capsized sending the other two into the water as well.
The boat’s operator, Thomas Greene, 70, of 49 Belleview Drive, Derby, Connecticut, and the boat’s owner, George Boss, 75, of 49A Heaton Orchard, West Kingston, Rhode Island, kept hold of the exterior of the boat. They were able to communicate with Scott for about 10 minutes until the strong winds and current caused him to drift out of sight with the flotation device.
The Sheriff’s Office said a bystander found Greene and Boss clutching the boat and radioed for help. They remained at the scene and did not require hospital treatment. Authorities were called around 10:15 a.m. and immediately launched a search with boats, dive teams and the New York State Police Aviation Unit’s helicopter.
Authorities were set up at a boat launch by the Hague Town Beach and Visitor Center on Route 9N.
“We want to find him, and we’ve got to be optimistic,” York said Tuesday afternoon as the search continued.
Patrol boats from the Sheriff’s Office and Lake George Park Commission led the search.
Local first responders brought boats, dive gear and manpower. Volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel responded from Horicon, Hague, West Glens Falls, North Queensbury, Queensbury Central, Bolton, Ticonderoga and Putnam.
The water at the beach was closed for much of the morning but reopened around 12:30 p.m.
Yellow caution tape strung along a row of trees separated authorities at the boat launch from people swimming and playing in the park at the beach and playground.