SARANAC LAKE — A local man drowned Saturday evening on Upper Saranac Lake.

State Police were called to the site, located off State Route 30 in the Town of Santa Clara, at 8:15 p.m.

Robert J. Call, 31, of Saranac Lake was tubing behind a watercraft when he went into the water, police said Monday in a news release.

When the boat went back to get him, passengers gave him a flotation device and went into the water to help, "but Call became unresponsive," the release said.

"He was pulled from the water, and life-saving measures were administered, but he never regained consciousness."

Local EMS and fire personnel responded and helped move him the shore.

Additional lifesaving measures were unsuccessful, the release said, and Call was pronounced dead.

Franklin County Coroner Ronald B. Keough ordered his body be taken to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for an autopsy.

The New York State Environmental Conservation Police and Forest Rangers and Saranac Lake Fire and Rescue also responded.

The accident remains under investigation, State Police said, but there are "no signs of foul play."



It was the second drowning to impact the Tri-Lakes area this month.

On July 12, 4-year-old Ryder White of Tupper Lake drowned in the Raquette River while his family was camping in Coreys.

A GoFundMe page called “Funeral Costs for the White family” aimed to raise $20,000 for the child's family.

By Monday, more than $24,000 had been donated.

The site can be found at


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