By Malika-Budur Kalila SKANEATELES, N.Y. (NCC News) — The New York State Police found the body of a kayaker, who was reported missing late Wednesday night in Skaneateles Lake. According to syracuse.com, officials said Peter Becker, 67, was found dead in his kayak on the south side of Lourdes Camp, and he may have died due to natural causes as there is no signs of foul play.
Mike Preston, the director of Lourdes Camp, said he witnessed police’s search last night and was very said to learn about his death.
“It’s a tragic incident,” Preston said. “It’s awful when anybody passes away in Skaneateles Lake.” The current weather conditions make boating and kayaking very challenging and people should be cautious, he added.
“You have to be careful and it doesn’t hurt to go with a friend,” Preston said. “It only takes one mistake … When you end up in a water and you can be in a lot of trouble.”
The director also noted he found a kayak in the camp this morning. He said it may belong to Becker. The director said he is planning to contact Becker’s family next week, if the kayak’s owner does not show up soon.
Preston said there was a similar tragedy a few years ago when a diver ran out of air and died. No matter how much experience one has, everyone should act carefully in the lake, the director continued.
“Enjoy the lake but be safe,” he said. “That’s the biggest thing. ”