20-year-old local woman dies after boat capsizes in Lake Placid

Lake Placid (Enterprise photo — Andy Flynn)

LAKE PLACID — A 20-year-old Lake Placid woman died today from an apparent drowning accident after a canoe she was in capsized early this morning on Lake Placid.

Saige Borden, 20, of Lake Placid, died at 11:55 a.m. at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, where she was taken after the incident, state police Public Information Officer Jennifer Fleishman said.

Fleishman added that Borden was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the apparent drowning accident and there were no life jackets in the canoe. Two other people were in the boat and also fell in the water, but they were able to get to shore safely and suffered no injuries, she said. The survivors’ names were not released.

Franklin County Coroner Ron Keough said an autopsy is scheduled for Saturday at AMC-Saranac Lake.

Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department Head Driver Matt Colby said the firehouse received a call at 5:51 a.m. of two people in distress in the water of Lake Placid near Camp Gordon on the east short of the lake, off from Ruisseaumont Way. They responded with two boats and 16 members.

When firefighters arrived, Colby said they discovered an overturned canoe submerged in water approximately 100 yards from shore, though firefighters weren’t sure exactly where the canoe had capsized.

Firefighters were soon advised that two subjects — a man and woman — were out of the water, but there were actually three friends involved in the accident. Colby said the man who made it ashore called 911. Colby added that the caretaker of the camp had also tried to jump in the water to save Borden.

Firefighters attempted CPR and found no pulse, and they subsequently transported Borden approximately an eighth of a mile down the lake by fire boat to an awaiting ambulance at the state boat launch, where the fire department’s boathouse is located. The ambulance then transported her to Saranac Lake.

State police added that the investigation is still ongoing.