The search continues for a 35-year-old Cayuga County man, missing and presumed drowned on Cayuga Lake. YNN's Bill Carey says searchers aren't willing to give up yet in their effort to find the body of Daniel Dymock.
CAYUGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- It was a passing boater who spotted the first signs of trouble on Cayuga Lake, just offshore from Union Springs, on Sunday.
“She had come across an unmanned boat and she had pulled a nine-year-old life-jacketed boy from the water,” said Cayuga County Sheriff’s Investigator Frederick Cornelius.
The nine-year-old said his father, Daniel Dymock, 35, of Union Springs, had fallen from the boat. The boy had gone into the water himself in a frantic effort to reach his father to no avail. It was at that point that dozens of volunteers rushed to the scene to begin hours of scouring the waters in hope of finding the man.
“I've been a cop 43 years and when you have an emergency like this, and we consider it an emergency because there is a death, everybody comes together. That's just the way it is,” said Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould.
Authorities knew where the empty boat was found, a starting point for the search. But there have been challenges.
“Two to four foot waves out there. We've got divers in the water with limited visibility of less than one foot. It's all touch feel, One foot visibility and it's hard for the divers to have a good visibility limit,” said Union Springs Fire Chief Garrett Waldron.
The search stretched through the day Sunday with no success. It resumed Monday, but had to be cut short due to threatening weather. All the time, nearby, friends and family of Daniel Dymock waited for news.
The volunteers say it is those friends and family in each case that keep them at work on the lake, remind them of just how important the outcome will be.
Gould said, “They call it closure. That word is overused, probably. You hear it in homicides, you hear it in different cases and in this case, too. We really want to find Daniel and bring him back to the family. That's what this is about.”
And in this case, there is an added sensitivity because of that nine-year-old boy, who lost his father.
Back in December of 2003, Daniel Dymock's fiancé died in a car crash in Cayuga County. The couple's one-year-old son survived the accident. The same boy who survived the boating mishap Sunday.
The search is set to resume at Union Springs on Tuesday morning.