According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, on Sunday, July 30, 2023, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol on Oneida Lake received a call of a person who had fallen from their jet ski and was in distress in the water.
The caller indicated that they were on another boat and had been flagged down by the man’s friend who was on another jet ski in the area of Lewis Point. The Marine Patrol responded along with members of the Sylvan Beach Fire Department’s water rescue and they were able to locate the man who was still in the water and had become unconscious. The man was removed from the water and transported to shore by Sylvan Beach Fire Department where he was pronounced deceased. The man was identified as 27-year-old Gerald A. Capunay from Woodhaven, NY.
The cause of death is pending examination by the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office but his death does not appear to be suspicious at this time.
Edited for date correction.