Sheriff releases more information on Carlton drowning

Posted 6 August 2015 at 10:52 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers – Fire departments and law enforcement personnel search the water in the Oak Orchard River near the Kenyonville Road bridge after a man jumped and drowned this evening.

Press Release
Sheriff Scott Hess

An adult male from Cincinnati, Ohio is dead tonight, the apparent victim of a drowning in the Town of Carlton.

The incident occurred at 7:15 p.m., in Oak Orchard River off the Kenyonville Road bridge, in the hamlet of Kenyonville. The victim, who had been in the area since Tuesday for a three-day Lake Ontario fishing charter, approached a group of teenage girls who were jumping off the bridge into the river.

He asked them if he could jump too and then did so without any objection. According to the witnesses, the man surfaced briefly and then submerged. He did not re-surface.

A crew from the Carlton Fire Department recovered the body at about 8:45 p.m. He was pronounced dead by Orleans County Coroner Scott Schmidt, and taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office in Rochester. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin in Ohio.

In addition to the Carlton FD, crews from the Albion and Lyndonville Fire Departments assisted in the search for the deceased. The Sheriff’s Marine Unit was also on-scene.

The incident was investigated by Deputy A.A. Breuilly. He was assisted by Sgt. G.T. Gunkler, Sgt. D.E. Foeller Jr., Lt. C.M. Bourke, and Chief Deputy T.L. Drennan. State Troopers from the Albion barracks also assisted at the scene.