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Sheriff: “Now a search and recovery mission” on Seneca Lake for missing boater

On Tuesday, Sheriff Ron Spike said the mission to locate a missing boater on Seneca Lake had transitioned to a recovery effort. The searched ended as darkness neared, and was set to resume on Wednesday.

“It is disheartening to recognize that this is now a search and recovery mission,” said Spike in a press release. “We extend our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends as we will continue to search tomorrow with marine patrols and the State Police URT will return Thursday for scanning deeper water.”

He extended thoughts and prayers to the family and friends, and noted that the search will continue on Tuesday.

Spike says the search continued all day Monday for Daniel Manganano, 27, of Chemung County. Keith Seymore, also 27-years-old, was rescued Sunday shortly before midnight.

Spike says marine patrols from Yates, Schuyler, and Seneca counties assisted. Several fire departments were involved as well as state police. “We thank all entities and personnel for their search efforts,” Spike added.

The Sheriff noted that the two Chemung County men left North Plum Point Road and set out on Seneca Lake to navigate across it in a canoe. AT some point, in darkness, the canoe overturned.

The water temperature was 40 degrees, and air temperature 36 – but Seymore held on until midnight when he was rescued.

Credit: WENY-TV