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Dive operations at Delta Lake in search of man suspended

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Dive operations at Delta Lake to recover William Cook have been suspended pending new information, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

Cook was attempting to save his 14-year-old stepson after the boy was having trouble swimming in the lake on Memorial Day. The boy was saved by Good Samaritans from another boat, but were unable to save Cook.

According to authorities, the high-probability areas of the lake have been searched by surface and underwater teams. Divers from the New York State Police and Oneida County Sheriff's Office, as well as the Oneida County Sheriff's Marine Unit, New York State DEC, and New York State Police Cadaver K9 Doyle and his handler have contributed to the search. Divers have faced very low visibility and 38-degree water.

The New York State Police has provided about 28 hours of sonar scanning using their Sea Scan equipment, which is able to scan the bottom of the lake. The equipment detected trees, a canal and old building foundations, but no areas worthy of diving. There is a ridge area on the bottom of the lake that can not be completely viewed by the equipment. However, a search in that area by divers would take a long time because of the visibility and would create a risk to the divers because of the temperature.

Marina Units will continue to patrol the lake daily in a recovery effort.

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