Two young Amish community members identified after Stockbridge drowning accident

Deputies are investigating two drownings in a pond in the town of Stockbridge on Wednesday night.

Posted: May 2, 2019 12:16 PM
Updated: May 2, 2019 5:41 PM

STOCKBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The victims in a pond drowning have been identified by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies are investigating two drownings in a pond in the town of Stockbridge on Wednesday night.

Sheriffs responded to Graves Road before 9 p.m. for a report of missing persons.

Officials say two adults and two children were on a floating dock when the dock capsized, and two of the children and one of the adults fell into the water.

One adult and one child never resurfaced. The other child was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Just after 10 p.m., dive teams found 12-year-old Feldy Miller and right after that 21-year-old Rudy Miller. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

"The pond was only seven feet deep. It probably only would have been 25-50 yards to the side fo the pond once they got out there. Once they capsized, that's where they ran in to trouble, but it wasn't extremely deep," said Madison County Sheriff, Todd Hood.  
"It doesn't matter how much water there is, it all depends on people's ability. Sometimes the footwear that they have that theyr'e wearing, the previous training with swimming. some people can't swim. Who knows what the circumstances were. We're still trying to get to the bottom of it."

Police say they were members of an Amish community from Oneida.

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