CATSKILL — An 18-year-old man drowned Wednesday in the Catskill Creek after swimming with friends on the Fourth of July, officials said.
Nay Htoo, 18, of Albany, was pronounced dead near the creek off Route 23 at 5 p.m. by Greene County Coroner Richard Vigilo.
Htoo, who is Taiwanese, slipped off the rocks into a deeper pool of water, Vigilo said.
Emergency personnel worked for several hours to rescue Htoo from the creek, state police said at the scene. Police evacuated swimmers from the water before 5 p.m.
Htoo was recovered from the water just after 8 p.m. The swimmer’s friends identified him, Vigilo said.
Vigilo did not know the man’s connection to Greene County, he said.
Police were parked on the north side of the New York State Thruway near exit 21 where several officers stood at the creek’s entrance.
Several firefighters and police declined to comment during the rescue. First responders continued rescue efforts at the creek near Cauterskill Road at press time.
The incident remains under investigation by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office, state police, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office DIVE team, Catskill and Leeds fire departments and the Catskill and Leeds Auxiliary volunteer firefighters assisted at the scene.
Check back for details on this developing story.