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State Police identify body pulled from Hudson River in Hadley
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State Police identify body pulled from Hudson River in Hadley

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HADLEY — The body of a missing person was pulled out of the Hudson River Thursday evening near the Hadley bridge following a nearly hour and a half search.

At approximately 3:29 p.m., State Police responded to a call for a missing swimmer, 38-year-old Ryan S. Taylor of Saratoga Springs, according to a press release from New York State Police.

Taylor had been swimming in the area of the Hadley Bridge, according to the press release. While swimming to shore, he became distressed and went under the water.

At approximately 5:12 p.m., Taylor's body was found in 17 feet of water by divers from Corinth and South Glens Falls Fire departments.

Multiple roads were closed, redirecting traffic while water rescue teams worked the area below the Hadley bridge, which is known for swift currents, whirlpools and rapids.

The Sacandaga River meets the Hudson River just past the bridge, while a calm Hudson River stretches up to the Adirondacks north of Hadley Park. The incident comes just two days after Tropical Isaias dropped several inches of rain on the area swelling rivers and streams.

A staging area was set up on Bay Road near Route 9N in Lake Luzerne, using a private dock and water access. The area is popular with boaters, kayakers and paddleboarders as the river bends and turns downstream toward Corinth.

State Police took to the skies via helicopter to assist with the search, circling the area as State Forest Rangers, Warren County sheriff’s officers and multiple fire and EMS personnel looked on from atop the Hadley bridge while crews worked below in the water.

This is the second water rescue in two days in the region. A Bronx resident drowned in Lake George on Wednesday and his body was recovered Thursday morning by State Police.

Adam Colver is the online editor at The Post-Star. He manages The Post-Star’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and poststar.com. He can be reached at acolver@poststar.com.

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