2012-08-02 / Front Page

Brewster woman dies in Lake Gleneida but 6-year-old is saved

Second drowning tied to Putnam in recent days
Eric Gross

New York City DEP Police Tuesday identified the woman found floating in Lake Gleneida late Monday afternoon as Pamela Kaner, 59, of Brewster.

Quick action on the part of police, fire, EMS personnel and Good Samaritans saved the life of a six year-old girl but their efforts could not save the life of the 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.

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.

One of the Good Samaritans who assisted the child in the water talks to police investigators at the scene. Photo/Eric Gross
One of the Good Samaritans who assisted the child in the water talks to police investigators at the scene. Photo/Eric Gross

Police said the woman was found floating in the lake about 65 feet off shore with the child lying on top of her.

A young couple boating nearby made the discovery 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 but Kaner was brought to the shoreline where she was pronounced dead.

The child was taken by ambulance to Putnam Hospital Center and was treated and later released.

DEP Police and Carmel Police continue to investigate the incident. Sources told the Courier Tuesday that Kaner was watching the child for her friend who went shopping and for an unknown reason decided to wade into the lake. Whether the pair went out too far or the woman suffered a medical condition remains under investigation.

Swimming is not permitted in Lake Gleneida which is part of the New York City reservoir system.

 



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