- Associated Press - Thursday, September 28, 2017

SCHUYLER, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say divers have recovered the body of a central New York man from an Erie Canal lock where he apparently drowned while trying to save his girlfriend’s cousin after the cousin jumped in to save a dog.

State police say troopers responded around 8 p.m. Wednesday to reports of two people in the water at Lock 19 in the Herkimer County town of Schuyler, 55 miles (88 kilometers) east of Syracuse.

Troopers say a woman had jumped into the canal to save a dog, then began struggling to stay afloat. The boyfriend of the woman’s cousin, 26-year-old George Grullon, of Utica, then jumped in to save her but didn’t resurface.

State police and Oneida County divers found his body late Wednesday night in 6 feet of water.

The woman survived and the dog was saved by troopers.

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This story has been changed to correct the person the man was trying to save was his girlfriend’s cousin, not the girlfriend.


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