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Man pronounced dead after car rescued from river

WELLSBURG, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - UPDATE (4:39 p.m.): The victim has been identified as George Crowe, 72, of Elmira.

The Chemung County Sheriff's Office will continue their investigation into what caused Crowe's vehicle to enter the water and they are looking for any information the public might have to assist them.  If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Chemung County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division at 607-737-2933.

The full contents of their release is as follows:

On June 27, 2018 at 7:17 a.m., the Chemung County Communication Center received a 911 call of a report of a vehicle in the Chemung River located at the Lowman Crossover boat launch in the Village of Wellsburg.

Law enforcement personnel from the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police responded to investigate. First responding officers located a 1998 Chevrolet, tan, 4-door sedan floating in the river directly across from the boat launch entrance and approximately 40 yards from shore. Upon arrival of law enforcement, the entire vehicle, with the exception of the trunk, was submerged underwater. At this time, members of the Wellsburg Volunteer Fire Department also arrived and First Responders entered the water to ascertain if there were any occupants of the vehicle. Due to the water conditions, they were unable to determine whether or not somebody was still in the vehicle.

Members of the Elmira Fire Department were requested and had responded as well and divers from the Wellsburg and Elmira Fire Department arrived on scene and began recovery operations of the vehicle from the river. During this time, they were able to ascertain that there was one sole occupant of the vehicle and with the assistance of Rinwalske Towing, the vehicle was removed from the river. The occupant, identified as GEORGE K. CROWE, age 72, of Elmira was removed from the vehicle and immediate medical attention was provided. CROWE was transported to Robert Packer Hospital for further treatment. CROWE was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival to the hospital.

At this time the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into why CROWE’s vehicle entered the water. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 607-737-2933. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the New York State Police, Wellsburg Volunteer Fire Department, Elmira Fire Department, and Erway Ambulance.


UPDATE (9:02 a.m.): The Chemung County Sheriff's Office confirmed that there was a man inside the car.  He was rescued and transferred to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  He has since been pronounced dead.

While the name has not been released yet, it has been confirmed that the victim was an elderly man and the investigation behind the cause of the car going into the river is still ongoing.


Emergency crews are working right now to remove a car that's currently in the Chemung River at the Lowman Crossover, near Wellsburg, according to authorities.

No word on how that car got into the river, or if anyone is inside. The Chemung County Sheriff's Office is handling the case. 

18 News has a crew on the scene. Turn to 18 News, online and on the air, as more information becomes available. 


(This is a Breaking News story, please check back for updates) 



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