Great Sacandaga Lake drowning victim ID’d

NORTHAMPTON — The body of the boater who went missing when swimming in the Great Sacandaga Lake on Saturday was located Monday morning.

Major L. Adams, 36, of Saratoga Springs was found dead by searchers at approximately 10:50 a.m.

According to a state police news release, Adams was reported missing on Saturday at approximately 8:50 p.m. at the state Northampton Beach Campground.

Adams was reportedly swimming in the Great Sacandaga Lake off of a boat in the area of the campground when he began having difficulty swimming and went underwater.

Search efforts to locate Adams included two state police water rescue boats outfitted with fixed sonars and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office with its Baitboat Sonar.

Assisting state police during the response to the incident were the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, Northville Volunteer Fire Department, Edinburgh Volunteer Fire Department, dive teams from Corinth Fire Department, Fulton County Coroner’s Office, Saratoga County Fire Coordinator, Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Service and members of the Sean Craig Memorial Fund.

The Sean Craig Memorial Fund was created by the family of Sean Craig, an 18-year-old who died in 2016 after accidentally drowning in the Great Sacandaga Lake.

The fund was created to support search and rescue efforts and dive operations in Fulton and Montgomery counties, as well as making recreation on the lake safer.

The Sean Craig Memorial Fund recently created and installed 25 waterside life rings at 16 strategic location points with one of those points being the Northampton Marina.

Other locations include: Captain Nauti’s Sunset Grill, Cranberry Cove Marina, Edinburg Marina, Inn at the Bridge, Lanzi’s on the Lake, Lakeside Tavern, Miller Grandview Marina, Park Marine Base, Reets Waterfront Marina, Sacandaga Bible Conference, Sacandaga Boat Club, Sport Island Pub, Wally’s Driftwood Park, Watersedge Campground and the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District.

The Sean Craig Memorial Fund created the life rings in hopes of saving the life of someone who is drowning. The life rings are throwable devices for anyone to throw out to someone in the water who may be drowning.

The investigation into the drowning of Adams is ongoing. More information will be released as it becomes available, the state police said.

By Patricia Older

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