72-Year-Old Paddleboarder Drowns On Lake Champlain

Aug 10, 2017

State police say a 72-year-old upstate New York man has drowned while paddleboarding on Lake Champlain.

Troopers say Peter Reed was approximately 100 feet offshore with a friend on a separate board when both fell into the water near Point au Roche just north of Plattsburgh.
State police say neither was wearing a life jacket.

Investigators say high winds pushed Reed's board away from him and he began to tread water. A nearby resident tried to rescue the two and threw a life vest to Reed. Troopers say Reed went under and did not resurface.

His body was found 40 minutes later. He was transported to the Plattsburgh hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before noon.

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