UPDATE: Police found a body in about 50 feet of water in Lake St. Catherine in Poultney Friday, June 6.
Divers recovered the body the body of Thomas Flood, 61, of Schenectady, New York around 3:20 p.m. on Friday.
The investigation into this incident is continuing. No further information was available.
(The following is a press release from Vermont State Police)
POULTNEY — Emergency crews including the Vermont State Police are searching for a boater who disappeared Thursday afternoon, July 5, 2018, in Lake St. Catherine in the towns of Poultney and Wells.
The state police received a 911 call at about 3:20 p.m. from another boater on the Rutland County lake, and first responders from Vermont and New York were dispatched to the scene.
Police said Thomas Flood, 61, of Schenectady, New York, and his wife were staying at a family camp on the lake. While boating on Thursday afternoon, the Floods were stepping out of the boat to sit in inner tubes tethered to the vessel when Mr. Flood fell into the water. He was not wearing a flotation device. The couple were the only people aboard.
Conditions on the lake were windy, and the water was choppy. The boat began to drift away, and Mr. Flood was unable to swim back to the vessel or the tethered inner tubes. His wife was unsuccessful in finding him.
A search by multiple first-response agencies, including divers from two New York teams using sonar, were unsuccessful in locating Mr. Flood. The effort was suspended for the day at about 7:30 p.m. and is scheduled to resume at 8 a.m.Friday, July 6, with the Vermont State Police Dive Team.
Responding agencies Thursday from Vermont included the Vermont State Police, the Poultney Fire Department and the Wells Fire Department. New York first responders were the Corinth Fire Department Dive Team, the South Glens Falls Dive Team, and the Washington County Department of Public Safety.
No further information is available at this time. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Vermont State Police. An updated news release will be issued when there are further details.