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The search is over for missing fisherman in Hague

Police and marine rescue recover the body of missing fisherman William A. Scott

Police and marine rescue recover the body of missing fisherman William A. Scott Photo by Mauranda Stahl-Sorensen.

— Late afternoon Friday July 4, divers from area law enforcement agencies recovered the body of William A. Scott, 59, missing since his boat capsized three days earlier in Lake George.

Scott was located 72 feet under the surface of the lake, close to where the boat in which he was fishing had taken on water and overturned north of Hague Beach.

Divers of the Warren County and Saratoga County sheriffs’ departments located Scott’s body using an unmanned aquatic vehicle and side-scan sonar.

Scott’s body was transported by boat to Dockside Landing Marina in Hague where fishing partners and friends George Boss and Thomas Greene watched from a small pier overlooking the same waters they had unexpectedly plunged into four days prior.

Boss, Greene and Scott had been trolling the waters of Lake George July 1 when their lines were snagged on a submerged object or an underwater outcropping. As a result, their 17-foot fishing craft lurched — propelling its bow in the air — and the craft took on water. Scott jumped into the lake after grabbing a personal flotation device. Authorities said he may not have had time to put it on properly.

Greene and Boss held onto the boat, and strong wind caused Scott to become separated from the craft.

Greene and Boss kept in voice contact with Scott for about 10 minutes, police said. Greene and Boss were pulled from the water not long after the incident, but Scott had disappeared.

The search was initially called off for July 4, but members of the rescue teams decided to continue their search on the holiday despite sporadic rain and stiff wind that continued into Friday, they said.

The recovery occurred after many hours spent by Scott’s wife Colleen and other family members watching and waiting on the shores of Lake George at the Hague town park.

Following the recovery, members of the Scott, Greene and Boss families embraced each other, as well as members of the Hague Volunteer Fire Co. and Hague Emergency Medical Services, who attended to their duties loading Scott’s body into an ambulance.

A subsequent autopsy indicated that Scott’s death was due to drowning.

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