Emergency crews recover Schenectady man missing on Lake St. Catherine

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UPDATE: Vermont State Police say they have recovered the body of Thomas Flood, 61, from the water of Lake St. Catherine in the town of Poultney.

Police say he was found at the bottom of the lake at around 3:20 PM Friday.

Vermont State Police are investigating.


POULTNEY, Vt. -- The search will continue Friday for a Schenectady man who disappeared while boating on Lake St. Catherine in Poultney and Wells, Vt.

The call came in around 3:20 p.m. from another boater on the lake, and responders from both Vermont and New York were dispatched.

Investigation determined that Thomas Flood, 61, and his wife, from Schenectady, were staying at a family camp on the lake. While boating, the couple were stepping out of the boat to sit in inner tubes tethered to it, when Flood fell into the water. He was not wearing a flotation device, and no one else was on board.

Conditions were windy, and the lake was choppy. Vermont State Police say the boat began to drift, and Flood was not able to swim back to it. His wife was not successful in finding him.

Multiple first response agencies, including divers from New York teams using sonar, were also unsuccessful in their search for Flood. The search was suspended at about 7:30 p.m., and is scheduled to resume Friday morning, with the Vermont State Police Dive Team.

Responding agencies Thursday from Vermont included the Vermont State Police, the Poultney Fire Department and the Wells Fire Department. New York first responders were the Corinth Fire Department Dive Team, the South Glens Falls Dive Team, and the Washington County Department of Public Safety.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Vermont State Police.

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