TICONDEROGA -- The man believed to have drowned in Lake George on Tuesday night was identified Wednesday as a seasonal resident of the lake who took frequent swims around the quiet bay where he spent his summers.
William D. Wallace Jr., 70, was found submerged in 7 feet of water 300 or so yards from shore in Heart Bay, also known as Cook Bay, late Tuesday, according to Ticonderoga Police. Wallace was a resident of Connecticut whose family owns a home on Baldwin Road,
He had been swimming earlier in the evening, and family members reported him missing shortly after 7 p.m. when he did not return, Ticonderoga Police Investigator Dan LaFrance said.
Family members and Lake George Park Commission boat patrols began a search, and Wallace was located shortly after 7:30 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Essex County Coroner Paul Connery.
LaFrance said Wallace frequently swam the bay, and set out for a swim around 5:30 p.m. A family member saw him swimming around 6 p.m. and talked to him, and he indicated he wanted to continue swimming.
“He said he was fine,” LaFrance said. “It was his daily routine to swim.”
Wallace often swam to neighbors’ homes and got out to sit and visit with them, he said.
When relatives could not find him at 7 p.m. they began looking and called 911 to report him missing. Patrol boats responded and firefighters searched the shore in case Wallace had gotten out of the water and had a medical issue. He was found after a search of a little more than a half-hour.
LaFrance said the bay was reportedly calm as Wallace swam Tuesday.
An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday but results were not released. Foul play is not suspected.
Firefighters and divers from Essex and Warren counties responded.