Second drowning in days tied to Putnam
Quick action on the part of police, fire, EMS personnel and Good Samaritans saved the life of a six year-old girl on Lake Gleneida Monday afternoon but their efforts could not save the life of a middle-aged woman.
Carmel Police, New York City DEP Police, State Police and members of the Putnam Sheriff's Department converged on the lake around 5 p.m. when a 9-1-1 call was received reporting a possible drowning in the lake overlooking the Putnam County seat.
Carmel FD personnel under the command of Capt. Robert Lipton Jr. raced to the scene along with the Carmel Volunteer Ambulance Corps, paramedics from the TransCare Ambulance Company, the Mahopac Falls FD Dive Team and members of the Putnam Bureau of Emergency Services.
Police said the woman, who was described in her 50s, was found floating in the lake about 65 feet off shore with the child lying on top of her.
A young couple boating nearby came across the bizarre site and, after transferring the child into their boat, attempted to assist the woman. EMS personnel were ferried out to the victim by motorboat where CPR was administered and the woman was brought to the shoreline, where she was pronounced dead.
The child was taken by ambulance to Putnam Hospital Center.
Carmel Police Chief Michael Johnson, who was at the scene, said detectives were attempting to piece the tragedy and rescue together before releasing the identities of anyone involved. The chief did say the victim was a resident of the Carmel area.