Troopers Investigate Drowning in Oswego County
PULASKI, NY – On July 4, at approximately 11:31 a.m., the Village of Pulaski Police Department, New York State Police and the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a possible drowning on the Salmon River in the village of Pulaski.
Investigation at the scene revealed William Hibbard, 37, from Pulaski, was fishing with his 6-year-old son when they lost their footing and slipped into the water.
Both father and son floated downstream in a southerly direction for about 100 yards when they passed under the US Route 11 bridge that crosses over the river.
Witnesses observed William Hibbard swimming and conscious as he pushed his son towards the shoreline where other fishermen were located.
The boy was helped to shore by one of the fishermen and was unharmed.
William Hibbard was then observed by the fishermen with his head under water and no longer swimming.
Two fishermen dove into the water and retrieved William Hibbard, bringing him back to shore where CPR was initiated.
William Hibbard was transported to the Oswego Hospital Emergency Room by NOVAC Ambulance where he was pronounced deceased at 12:24 p.m.
The 6-year-old was treated by paramedics at the scene and did not appear to be injured.
It appears William protected his son as they drifted downstream.
State Police were assisted at the scene by the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, Ringold Fire Company (Pulaski Fire Department) and NOVAC Ambulance.
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PULASKI, NY – State Police in Pulaski are investigating an apparent accidental drowning in the Salmon River late this morning (July 4).
The unidentified man reportedly drowned while trying to save his son, according to police.
Troopers say the two were walking next to the river and the boy fell in.
No other details are available.
The investigation is continuing.