3 people drown in the Hudson Valley in one day


Police are investigating after three people drowned in the Hudson Valley within 24 hours.

At around 10:35 p.m. on Saturday, New York State Police responded from Liberty Barracks on State Route 97 in the city of Highland over a possible drowning in the Delaware River.

Initial investigation shows Louis Pellot, 31, of Brooklyn, walked into the water from a campsite, got tired, and fought in the water, police say. He went underwater and was not seen.

Pellot’s body was recovered by members of the Matamoras fire department.

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At around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, the New York State Police at Liberty Barracks reported to the National Parks Service Station in the city of Lumberland about a report of a missing swimmer on the Delaware River.

Michael Cammett, 24, from North Arlington, NJ, rafted with friends on an inflatable raft. Cammett and friends entered the river around 3:00 p.m. in two rafts tied together. Cammett jumped into the river and never reappeared, police say.

Cammett’s body was found by URT State Police.

At around 7:00 pm on Sunday, Port Jervis police and members of the Port Jervis City Fire Department responded to a 911 report of a possible drowning in the Delaware River in the Laurel Grove Cemetery area at a popular swimming hole called Goose Rock.

Witnesses reported that the swimmer was last seen drifting towards the center of the river towards the I-84 bridge when the swimmer dived underwater and never reappeared.

At 11:45 a.m. on Monday, divers located the deceased, identified as a 32-year-old man from Port Jervis. The nameless man was found between 11 and 12 feet underwater about 60 feet offshore, police say.

The circumstances of all three drownings are still being investigated.

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