ELLERY, N.Y. (WIVB) — A 62-year-old man died after falling into Chautauqua Lake Saturday afternoon, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s office.
He was identified Sunday evening as David Bentley of Jamestown, a captain with the Sheriff’s office who oversaw the patrol and special teams divisions.
At 1:24 p.m. Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a man who had fallen into Chautauqua Lake in the area of Martha’s Vineyard in the Town of Ellery.
Family members and neighbors started CPR before the arrival of emergency services, as Bentley was reportedly unresponsive in the water. The Fluvanna Fire Department, the county’s dive team, Chautauqua County EMS and Sheriff’s deputies responded. Captain Bentley was treated at the scene and transported to UPMC Chautauqua, where he was pronounced dead.
Following investigation, it was determined that Bentley was attempting to board a boat when he fell into the water and was unable to get into the boat or back to shore.
According to the Sheriff’s office, Captain Bentley previously worked for the Town of Ellicott and Fredonia Police Departments, as well as being named Lieutenant in Charge of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force for many years. He was promoted to captain in January 2019.
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