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Man on fishing trip drowns trying to retrieve his keys from a lake. Companion tried to save him

HASTINGS, N.Y. — A man drowned in an upstate New York lake after his keys fell into the water and he tried to retrieve them, police said.

Anthony Davis, 44, was fishing with two other men at Oneida Lake in the town of Hastings just before 10 a.m. Sunday when Davis’ keys fell into the water, Lt. Andrew Bucher of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. .

Davis went into the water to try to get his keys but was unable to get back to land, Bucher said. One of the other men, Wattie Cappers, 42, went after Davis but was also unable to make it to land.

Personnel from several local police and fire departments arrived and attempted to rescue the two men, Bucher said.

Davis was pulled from the water by a Brewerton Fire Department diver and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Cappers was rescued by Oswego sheriff’s deputies and was in stable condition at the hospital.

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