Searchers Recover Remains Of Man Who Fell Into The Conewango Creek

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KENNEDY – Searchers have recovered the remains of a man who fell from his craft while canoeing on Conewango Creek near Kennedy.

New York State Police Lt. Tom Kelly tells WNY News Now the man, identified as Michael Leary of Pine Plains, NY, was pulled from the waterway around 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

The police lieutenant said his remains were sent to ECMC in Buffalo for an autopsy.

Rescue efforts began on Sunday evening, after the 46-year-old fell into the water and did not resurface.

A preliminary investigation by State Police found his canoe became stuck on a tree across the creek, when the occupants of the craft tried to traverse the tree, it overturned.

Friends of the man quickly called 911, summoning first responders. The night’s search was unsuccessful, with crews returning to the scene on Monday.

Leary, police said, was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident.

In addition to several local fire departments, the county’s technical rescue team, State Police and Sheriff Dive Teams searched the waterway for hours. Police also deployed a drone.


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