Hinesburg man drowns in Lake Champlain

FERRISBURGH -- A 57- year-old Hinesburg man died last Tuesday evening after falling into Lake Champlain from the deck of his boat.

According to reports from state police based in New Haven, William Templins craft was moored about 100 feet away from shore when he fell into the lake. Nearby residents heard splashing and screaming and placed an emergency call at 7:35 p.m.

According to police, Templin, who had been staying at a nearby camp, was brought ashore by a neighbor and was unconscious when rescue workers arrived. He was transported to Porter Hospital, in Middlebury, and pronounced dead shortly after.

Reports said that Templin did not have any prior medical problems; an autopsy was ordered by Addison County State Attorney John Quinn.

Four people have drowned on the Vermont side of Lake Champlain over the course of the summer, and with Labor Day fast approaching safety officials are encouraging swimmers to exercise caution.

According to the American Red Cross most drowning related-deaths are due to circumstances other than an individuals inability to swim. Local weather conditions, water temperature, and fatigue are just some of the factors that can lead to drowning.

For more information on water safety, visit the Health and Safety division of the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org, or the Vermont Department of Public Safety at www.dps.state.vt.us .

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