Examiner: Drowning official cause of NY man’s death
WESTPORT — A New York man pulled from the Saugatuck River Saturday died from drowning the State Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Monday.
Richard Lamendola’s car, with him and his wife aboard, plunged into the Saugatuck River from the State Boat Launch off of Elaine Road just after 7 p.m. Saturday night, according to police.
Police also said they don’t believe there to be any foul play involved in the death of Lamendola, 76, of Syosset, NY, but the investigation continues. Police did not return phone calls seeking more information on the investigation.
The rescue began around 7:30 p.m. after the car slid into the Saugatuck River with two on board and alert diners at the Whelk Restaurant, 575 Riverside Ave., heard a woman screaming for help. The diners called the police, who also called in the town’s fire department and a dive team.
The first two emergency responders on scene commandeered a civilian boat with the keys in it and darted out to pick up a screaming woman in the middle of the cold river, who police said was struggling with the current and being swept away. The woman told rescuers that her male companion was also in the water.
The man was located near the Bridge Street bridge and was pulled from the water as well. He was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital, police said.