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18-year-old man drowns in Catskill Creek

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    Lance Wheeler/for Columbia-Greene Media First responders in the Catskill Creek where an 18-year-old was confirmed dead Wednesday evening.
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    Lance Wheeler/for Columbia-Greene Media First responders at the Catskill Creek where an 18-year-old was confirmed dead Wednesday evening.
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    Lance Wheeler/for Columbia-Greene Media Police parked on the north side of the New York State Thruway on Wednesday near the Catskill Creek where an 18-year-old was confirmed dead.
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    Carly Miller/Columbia-Greene Media First responders at the scene where an 18-year-old was confirmed near the Catskill Creek on Wednesday evening.
July 4, 2018 08:04 pm Updated: July 4, 2018 08:36 pm

 

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.

 

 

Comments
Your reporter neglected to mention certain information. This was a holiday and far more volunteer first responders assisted than the story indicates. Two of your own photos show the Swift Water Rescue team & truck from the Athens Volunteer Fire Department. I know for a fact that firefighters from West Athens-Lime Street responded - making a two mile trek to get to the body and remove it to a truck on land. Rope rescue teams from the area were on the scene.

Auxiliary members did not assist at the scene. They were called out to provide needed refreshments (water, etc.) to all responders and staged as such.

If you want the list of all who were dispatched & give them, especially the volunteers responding, proper credit - or a better word PRAISE - then contact Greene County Emergency Services. It is not right to only give a partial report based on whatever was used for information.