Investigators identify victim pulled from icy Lake George water

WNYT Staff
Updated: February 26, 2021 12:54 PM
Created: February 25, 2021 05:00 PM

LAKE GEORGE - The man who died after being pulled from the icy water of Lake George after a snowmobile accident Thursday afternoon has been identified. Investigators say he's 35-year-old Carmine Barresi of the Bronx.

The sun was shining, the sky was blue, and the temperature had crept into the low 40s when the accident happened. It was in that ideal winter setting that a group of friends came from outside Warren County to do some ice fishing. And then suddenly, tragedy struck.

"The call came in as a snowmobile into the dock, with the helmet floating in the water, unknown victim," said Lake George Fire Chief Scott Smith.

Smith says the call came in just after 3 p.m., which sent his volunteers along with Warren County's Mobile Rescue Team rushing to the scene near Hall's Marina to begin an emergency dive operation.

"I believe he was in close to ten to twelve feet of water," Smith says, "He was right there by the dock. The victim was pulled out of the water, transported by Lake George EMS, and was taken to Glens Falls Hospital."

Smith says he doesn't know how long the man had been under the water before being pulled out.

Friends of the victim were seen on the ice collapsing to their knees in despair.

Smith says he's not sure how someone could lose control of a snowmobile and crash into a dock. Something he does understand however is how perilous it can be for anyone to submerge in a frozen lake.

"You figure the water here is in the 30s or 40s degree," Smith estimates. "It doesn't take very long. You get exposed and your body doesn't work anymore. You can't grab a hold of things, your bodily functions just start to shut down."

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