BOLTON — An ice fisherman drowned after he fell through ice on Edgecomb Pond on Saturday afternoon and a second person was rescued after 20 minutes in frigid water, according to police.
Jeffrey Selleck, 26, of Queensbury, was pronounced dead at the scene on Saturday afternoon after he and another person went through ice on the pond near Lake George around 2:30 p.m, according to State Police. He spent more than 90 minutes underwater before divers from the Bay Ridge and North Queensbury firefighters located him and pulled him out, officials said.
Bolton Rescue Squad personnel tried to revive him for nearly an hour at the scene, but were unable to do so.
The second person who fell through, identified as Michael Rozell, 26, of Lake George, tried to help Selleck after he went in, police said.
Bolton Police Officer Russ Lail went onto the ice to get Rozell secured on the ice and Bolton firefighters were able to get him to shore, according to Bolton Fire Chief Jeremy Coon.
He was admitted to Glens Falls Hospital for treatment of possible hypothermia, according to State Police. His condition was not available later Sunday, but he was expected to survive.
A third fisherman who was with the two, Anthony Ure, 24, of Warrensburg, did not fall through and was able to find cell phone service to call 911 for help.
State Police are investigating.
Selleck was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman who attended Queensbury High School and worked at Ames Goldsmith in Glens Falls, according to his Facebook page. An online fundraiser was set up Sunday to help his family with funeral expenses at www.gofundme.com/4vmxxdk.
A number of small waters in the region froze during recent cold nights, and police said there was about 6 inches of ice on parts of Edgecomb Pond, which is popular with trout fishermen.
But police said Selleck ventured further from shore to an area with thin ice, and the ice early in the season is viewed as particularly tough to judge.
Experts recommend ice anglers wear inflatable vests or carry picks or other sharp instruments to help grip ice in the event they need to pull themselves out.
More details will be posted when they become available.