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Camp volunteer drowns in Upper Saranac Lake

— On Saturday, May 25, the New York State Police in Ray Brook investigated a drowning at the Young Life Adirondack Camp, located at 4014 State Route 30 in the town of Harrietstown.

Keenen J. Green, 19, of Rochester, was at the camp as part of a volunteer group from the Young Life group based in Rochester. He was at the camp to help with painting, landscaping, and general maintenance to get the camp ready for the season.

Sometime around 7:30 p.m., Green and some friends went swimming in the Upper Saranac Lake, at a place commonly known as the "Point.” He was swimming with a friend and became distressed approximately 15 feet from shore, in water approximately 10 feet deep.

After calling for help, Green was unable to keep himself afloat and started to go under water. Several other volunteer staff members attempted to rescue Green, but were unsuccessful. Green went under the water and never resurfaced.

Young Life staff members were called to the scene to assist in locating Green, who was found unresponsive laying on a rock approximately 15 feet from shore in water approximately 8 feet deep. Staff members initiated CPR until the Tupper Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad arrived on the scene. He was transported to the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake where he was pronounced deceased by Physicians Assistant Gary Nye.

On Sunday, May 26, an autopsy was performed at the AMC Morgue by pathologist Dr. C. Francis Varga, who ruled the cause of death as asphyxiation due to fresh water drowning. Franklin County Coroner Ronald Keogh ruled the manner of death as accidental.

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