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Man drowns while helping others

— A Lysander man drowned in the Seneca River last Friday afternoon.

On Aug. 3, State Police were investigating a drowning that took the life of Frederick G. Luman Jr., 60, of 61 Lock St. in Baldwinsville. Luman and his friends, Glen Grant, of Syracuse, and Susan C. Vorhis, of Baldwinsville, were on Lumans's 24-foot Bayliner boat when they encountered engine problems and tried to bring the boat to the J&S Marina on the Seneca River for repairs.

The boat became disabled and Vorhis' dog jumped off the boat and became tangled in weeds, so the woman jumped in to rescue the dog. Luman then jumped into the water to save both Vorhis and her dog. After Luman rescued them, he became distraught, went under water several times and didn’t make it back to the boat. Luman was pronounced dead at the scene.

A volunteer firefighter, Lloyd Calkins, who lives right near the scene, attempted to help Luman but was unsuccessful.

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