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Drowning on the Raquette River

LONG LAKE - State Police received a report of a possible drowning in the area of Buttermilk Falls on Saturday.  Upon their arrival, responding patrols were advised that a young male had been swept down the falls and was pinned under the current of the river.  Emergency responders worked for approximately three hours before they were able to recover the victim from the river.  
Investigation revealed that, Nicolas Padilla, 20, of Buffalo, was swimming with his friend in the slower moving pools of water below Buttermilk Falls.  Padilla and the friend ascended the rocks adjacent to the water fall and began to traverse the river’s current near the crest of the water fall. Padilla lost his footing and the current swept him over the waterfall where he became lodge below the surface of the river and apparently drowned. 

Padilla was pronounced dead at the scene.  An autopsy was ordered