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Authorities identify swimmer recovered from Canandaigua Lake about 170 feet below surface

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office has identified the 61-year-old swimmer who went missing on Canandaigua Lake last Friday.

Search efforts resumed on Monday, and around 1 p.m. Kirk Hobbs, 61, of Lauerlton, New York was recovered.


He was visiting family in the Canandaigua area and was boating with a relative on Friday. That’s when he jumped into the lake from the boat and went under without resurfacing, according to deputies.

Hobbs was recovered by deep water divers from New York State Police. He was found approximately 170 feet below the surface.

Deputies say he was transported to Geneva General Hospital to determine exact cause of death.

The incident remains under investigation.


Search for missing swimmer on Canandaigua Lake paused on Friday

One person is believed to be dead after an apparent drowning on Friday. The search is expected to resume on Monday.

Deputies say they were dispatched to the east side of Canandaigua Lake in the area of LeTourneau Christian Camp for the report of an adult male who entered the water from a boat and went under.


The male was not wearing any personal floatation equipment when he jumped in the water, according to a news release. Boat crews from nearby responded.

Despite search efforts in the area, no signs of the male were found in the water or on land.

Divers from the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and Branchport Fire Department deployed while a New York State Police boat equipped with side scan sonar searched the area.


Shortly after 7:30 p.m. a target of interest was identified. However, due to depth of the water- special divers and equipment were necessary. It’s unclear why crews were not going to resume searching until Monday. However, a press release from the sheriff’s office listed August 8, 2022 as the date for which search efforts would resume.

The Crystal Beach and Rushville fire departments assisted, as well as Canandaigua and Middlesex Ambulance, and Ontario and Yates county emergency management offices.



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