Man, 83, dies after being pulled from creek
SAUGERTIES >> An 83-yearold man died Tuesday afternoon after being pulled from the Esopus Creek unconscious, according to Saugerties police.
Police said Harord C. Bauser of Saugerties lost consciousness about 1:15 p.m. while retrieving a fishing boat that had drifted away from the shore at the Saugerties Village Beach. He then was seen by witnesses floating face down some 400 feet from the shore in an area where the water is about 15 feet deep, police said.
A person at the scene had pulled Bauser from the creek and started cardiopulmonary resuscitation by the time officers arrived, police said. The officers then aided the resuscitation effort until Diaz Ambulance paramedics reached the scene, police said.
The paramedics were able to re-establish a pulse while en route to Health-Alliance Hospital’s Broadway Campus in Kingston, but Bauser was pronounced dead in the hospital’s emergency room at 2:50 p.m., police said.
Police said Bauser had gone to the creek to go fishing with a friend and that their boat drifted away as it was being placed in the water from a ramp.