–SEARCH UNDERWAY OFF “LITTLE SANDY BEACH” IN HUDSON HIGHLANDS STATE PARK–
Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a man is feared to have drowned while swimming in the Hudson River near Cold Spring this afternoon.
According to preliminary reports, the victim, a 46-year-old man from the City of Beacon, was with a group of companions at Little Sandy Beach in the Hudson Highlands State Park at about 4:30 PM today, and was swimming in the river in an area not protected by lifeguards. The man reportedly became distressed in the water and called for help, but he sank below the surface before any of his companions could reach him. The victim’s identity is being withheld at this time.
As of the time of this News Release, an intensive search of the river and shoreline was underway. Agencies involved in the search included the Sheriff’s Office patrols and Marine Unit, State Police patrols and Aviation Unit, State Park Police patrols and Marine Unit, Cold Spring Fire Department, West Point Fire Department and its Aviation Unit, Philipstown Ambulance Corps, and the Mahopac Falls Fire Department and its Dive Team. Marine Units from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and Westchester County Police were also heading to the area to assist in the search.