July 12, 2013

Man apparently drowns in Lake George


---- — TICONDEROGA — A summer resident has apparently drowned in Heart Bay on Lake George.

Police said William D. Wallace Jr., 70, a Connecticut man with a seasonal home on Baldwin Road in Ticonderoga, was found Wednesday evening in Heart Bay, also called Cook’s Bay.

Police do not suspect foul play is involved in the death. The man had gone swimming, and family became concerned when he did not return.

Ticonderoga Volunteer Fire Department received a call just after 7:30 p.m. about an older man who had not been seen in about two hours, according to Assistant Fire Chief Matthew Watts.

“We launched our rescue boat and worked with the Lake George Park Commission Boat Patrol and Hague Fire Department’s boat to begin searching in the bay,” Watts told the Press-Republican.

“We also began a land search, in case he came out of the water and was injured or had collapsed from a medical problem.

“About 45 minutes after starting our search, the person was located a couple of hundred feet off shore in about 7 feet of water.”

An autopsy is being conducted to confirm whether Wallace died of drowning or another cause, according to Ron Drinkwine, a spokesman for the Ticonderoga Police Department.

Wallace’s hometown was not available on Thursday.

Agencies at the site were Ticonderoga Fire Department, Ticonderoga Police Department, Ticonderoga EMS, State Police, Essex County Office of Emergency Services, Lake George Park Commission Boat Patrol, Hague Fire Department and EMS, and Port Henry Fire Department, with divers. Divers from Warren County and Essex County Coroner Paul Connery also responded.

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