Victim identified in Macedon lock drowning: Father jumped in Erie Canal to save dog

Police have identified the man who drowned after jumping into the Erie Canal to save his dog Tuesday.

Michael Singer, 36, was recovered by first responders around 9:45 a.m.

He was fishing with his son, and their dog, by the stairs that led to an area in front of Lock 30.

The dog fell in the water, which prompted Singer to jump in after it.




His body was eventually found a few yards from the lock itself.

First responders say there is significant current around the locks, and even when the lock itself is closed- a spillway underneath causes the water to be rough beneath the surface.

Those who fish in the area say that people should wear a personal floatation device, like a life vest, if near the locks. In general, the canal can have strong currents- even away from these locations- so precautions should be taken.

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