Man dies after canoe overturns in Honeoye Creek

Updated: 05/25/2014 9:44 AM
Created: 05/24/2014 7:06 PM WHEC.com

A man is dead after the canoe he was in overturned in Honeoye Creek Saturday afternoon.

It happened around 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon near Sibley Road in Honeoye Falls.

The victim's name is Andrew Primerano. News10NBC is told the 21-year-old was home from college for the holiday weekend and decided to go canoeing with a couple of his friends, only to have their trip cut short.

Rush Fire Chief Jim Bucci says, "When I say lifeless with no pulse, that's basically how the victim presented himself to us."

Jim Bucci says Primerano was unconscious and turning blue. He was found underwater and tangled in a tree in Honeoye Creek. The young man was canoeing with two of his friends when the canoe struck a tree and tipped over. Bucci was one of two Special Ops firefighters who pulled him from the creek.

Chief Bucci told News10NBC "I set the paddle aside and started reaching and found the victim bent over. I was able to get ahold of his arms and pull him up."

The man was transported by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital where he later died. Bucci says it's likely he was in the water for about thirty minutes. Officials at the scene said Primerano was not wearing a life jacket, but the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says it appears he was.

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