ROOT — A Gloversville man was found dead near New York Canal System Lock 13 earlier today.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies said the body of Joshua McSpirit was found at approximately 9:30 a.m. pinned under the water near the lock.
Deputies said they had responded to a report that an individual was in the water near Lock 13 at approximately 4:45 a.m.
“[When] deputies arrived on [the] scene, they were advised that the victim had slipped into the water from the cement landing adjacent to the lock. We learned that the victim did not know how to swim. As deputies began their search from shore, they called for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Air Boat and the Canajoharie Fire Department’s rescue boat,” reads a news release from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said an investigation has revealed that McSpirit and his friend had crossed the railroad tracks in Mohawk and gone onto Canal property to fish.
“Once there they began to fish from shore. When the witness stood up to move around he turned and the victim had fallen into the water, which is when 911 was called,” reads the release.
Other agencies contributed to the search for McSpirit’s body, including the New York state police, Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, town of Mohawk Fire Department and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
“At this time the incident is considered an accident but the sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate the circumstances that lead to the death of McSpirit,” reads the release.