Accidental Drowning at Canadarago Lake
The New York State Police is investigating an accidental drowning that occurred on Canadarago Lake last night. The victim is identified as 19-year-old Dustin N. Groat of Jordanville, N.Y.
Troopers responded to Candarago Lake at approximately 9:44 p.m., last night and learned two teenagers were on separate kayaks, they each capsized and one was missing in the water. The investigation revealed that the teens got into their kayaks at the Canadarago Lake Boat Launch at approximately 7:30 p.m. and paddled to Deowongo Island. As the storm approached, the teens began to paddle back to the boat launch but Groat’s kayak capsized. Groat was not wearing a flotation device. The other teen was unable to locate Groat but was able to get back to shore and call for help.
Troopers were assisted by Schuyler Lake Fire and their airboat, Richfield Springs Fire, West Exeter Fire, Exeter Fire, Hartwick Fire, the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department and ENCON. Due to the storm and the choppy conditions of the lake, the New York State Police Underwater Recovery Team was not able begin their recovery efforts until 1:00 a.m. At approximately 4:25 a.m. this morning, the New York State Police URT recovered Groat’s body in approximately 23 feet of water.
The investigation into this incident continues.