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Camden man missing after trying to save teenager at Delta Lake

By ANNA MEILER

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) -- The search for a 32-year-old man was called off Monday night hours after he disappeared at Delta Lake.

Police say William Cook of Camden jumped into the water to save a teenager, but now he's the one police are searching for.

Five people were boating together when one of the passengers, a 14-year-old, decided to jump off the back of the boat to go swimming. When Cook noticed him beginning to struggle and drift from the boat, he went into the water to save him. Another boat passing by scooped up the teen, but Cook was unable to stay afloat and went under.

The emergency call came in just before 5 p.m. and police boats and a state police helicopter spent hours scouring the area, but had to call off the search around 10 p.m. because it became too dark.

Police say they were dealing with other challenging conditions as well.

"The water was a little bit choppy. The temperature was an issue for our divers. Our divers were in the water. The water temperature was approximately 45 degrees, very cold to maneuver in, which as you can imagine isn't good for anyone that's in the water without the special equipment that our dive team wears. So that was probably a contributing factor to the individual going under," said Sheriff Rob Maciol of the Oneida County Sheriff's Department.

The teenager was transported to a local hospital for cold-water related injuries which are not considered life threatening. Neither were wearing a floatation device.

The search will resume around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

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