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Girl found in NY lake clinging to dead body =0(

Posted by on Aug. 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM
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Girl found in NY lake clinging to dead body

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Clinging to the floating corpse of a family friend, a 6-year-old girl was rescued by rowboat after a visit to a reservoir just north of New York City on a hot summer day turned into a horrific struggle for her life.

The girl, whose name was not released, told police that 59-year-old Pamela Kaner took her into the water in Lake Gleneida on Monday afternoon and was holding her when something went wrong. The lake, about 730 yards at its widest, is part of New York City's water supply system, and swimming there is banned.

The cause of Kaner's death was not yet known, and an autopsy was planned, said Carmel Police Chief Michael Johnson. He said she could have drowned or suffered a medical emergency while wading with the girl.

"It's very unusual when a drowning victim doesn't sink," Johnson said. "The body usually goes to the bottom and pops back up when it decomposes."

Kaner, of Brewster, was caring for the girl while the girl's mother ran an errand, police said. Two men and a woman in a rowboat heard the girl crying for help around 5 p.m. and found her holding on to Kaner's body.

They pulled her from the water, took her to shore and called the police. The girl was treated at a hospital but was not seriously injured.

Kaner's body was retrieved by firefighters, who paddled out in a commandeered boat.

DEP spokesman Ted Timbers said no drinking water has been drawn from the lake for more than a year because it's part of a section that has been offline while a filtration plant is built in the Bronx.

The shore of the lake, which abuts the main road of the hamlet of Carmel, is littered with rowboats, most chained or cabled to trees. Johnson said the DEP grants permits for the boats. Signs on the shore say, "Recreation by permit. Entry for other purposes prohibited."

"She shouldn't have been in the lake," Johnson said.

Only ducks and gulls were on the water on Tuesday afternoon.

Kerry Browne of Carmel, a house renovator, said, "On a nice day like this, anybody would like to jump in the lake, but you know the rules." He said he hoped the girl would be able to recover from "holding onto a body like that."


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/08/07/2937276/girl-6-found-clinging-to-dead.html#storylink=cpy

With light and love

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scperdomo
by on Aug. 8, 2012 at 3:40 PM
Oh goodness, how sad. Poor girl!
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Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Aug. 8, 2012 at 3:42 PM


Quoting scperdomo:

Oh goodness, how sad. Poor girl!

I know, how traumatizing!

With light and love

Yellowlily333
by on Aug. 8, 2012 at 3:44 PM

sad

mandiNthomas
by on Aug. 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM
Oh my goodness that's a sad story. I hope that lil girl is ok...
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waitWHAT
by on Aug. 8, 2012 at 3:47 PM
Omg!
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beadingmom17
by Rachel on Aug. 8, 2012 at 3:47 PM
That poor little girl! How horrible :( But also, kudos to her for holding on and saving her own life. I hope they get her some really good counseling.
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1CrazyCajun
by on Aug. 8, 2012 at 3:54 PM

 Poor baby. I really do hope she isn't traumatized for the rest of her life.

 

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Firsttimemom296
by on Aug. 8, 2012 at 3:55 PM
I agree glad she made it now she has a long road ahead of her


Quoting beadingmom17:

That poor little girl! How horrible :( But also, kudos to her for holding on and saving her own life. I hope they get her some really good counseling.

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MommyLehr
by Gold Member on Aug. 8, 2012 at 3:57 PM
:-(
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Matriarch87
by on Aug. 8, 2012 at 3:59 PM

 omg...that'll scare a kid for life...poor girl. 

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