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Man drowns in Lake George after canoe capsizes

LAKE GEORGE - An Albany man drowned Monday not far from shore in Lake George when a canoe he was paddling was capsized by the wake of a passing powerboat, police said.

Stephen T. Canaday, 49, was pulled up from the lakebottom at about 2:40 p.m. not far from shore near Sun Castle Resort, and efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful, authorities said. He apparently died after being transported to Glens Falls Hospital, they said. The resort is north of Lake George Village off state Rte. 9N.

Canaday and Steven Zaccari, 42, Latham, had just left Tea Island and paddled about 35 feet from shore when their 15-foot canoe was capsized, according to a preliminary investigation conducted by the Warren County Sheriff's Office. Zaccari swam to shore when he realized Canaday had not, and he immediately returned to the area where their canoe had overturned, the law officers concluded.

Zaccari located Canaday on the lake bottom in about 12 feet of water, police said. He was able to summon occupants of a passing motorboat, and they called 911.

Lake George Park Commission Sergeant Cindy Dalappa was first on the scene, and she pull Canaday up from the lake bottom, police said. She was assisted in loading Canaday onto her vessel by responding boaters, law officers, and fire and rescue personnel.

Attempts at resuscitation were made at the scene and during transport to the Glens Falls Hospital by Lake George Emergency Medical Responders. Canaday was later pronounced dead at Glens Falls Hospital.

Canaday and Zaccari were not wearing life preservers when their canoe capsized, but they did have them aboard, police said.

Investigation into the incident is continuing, authorities said.

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