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Man found dead in lake

Vermont State Police troopers at the VSP-New Haven station mobilized rapidly after they received an emergency call regarding a missing swimmer in Lake Champlain off the Addison shore July 26.

According to an "untimely death" report released by Sgt. Robert Pattern of the VSP-New Haven station, emergency personnel were notified at approximately 11:15 a.m.

The missing swimmer was identified as 54-year-old Ray L. Petreccia of Brooklyn, Conn. , according to the VSP.

Petreccia was last seen swimming in the lake off Oven Bay Road. His wife was alarmed when she noticed that her husband had disappeared from view. Mrs. Petreccia was on the lake and near her husband aboard a rowboat. She noticed that he had failed to surface after a period of time.

After a daylong search, VSP scuba divers recovered Petreccia's body. Petreccia was found approximately 200 yards off shore at 4:38 p.m. Divers pronounced Petreccia dead at the scene.

The lake in the area of the body's recovery is murky and approximately 16 feet in depth. No strong current or undertow has been reported in that part of the lake.

In the VSP-New Haven news release, it was noted that Vermont State Police and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will jointly conduct an in-depth investigation into the swimmer's death.

An autopsy has been requested by Addison County State's Attorney John Quinn, according to the report.

"At this time, Petreccia's death seems to be either an accidental death due to drowning or a death resulting from natural causes," the VSP news report.

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