Three people die after separate drownings after falling through thin ice

By Suzanne Proulx

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Three people die after separate drownings after falling through thin ice

January 2, 2014 Updated Jan 3, 2014 at 9:53 AM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Three people died in two separate drownings in Delaware County earlier this week.

Marvin Taub, 74, of Oneonta died in Pine Lake in Davenport, according to New York State Police on Monday.

State police said Ira Landess, 74, and Nancy Klinger-Landess, 71, of Harpersfield died Tuesday after apparently trying to save their dog who fell through the ice of a pond in their backyard.

On Dec. 30, at approximately 11 p.m. New York State Police responded to a missing person report in Davenport.

The missing person, Taub had picked up his neighbor's dogs for a walk at the Pine Lake Campus of Hartwick College. State police found Taub's vehicle in the campus parking lot.

Troopers, New York State Forest Rangers, Hartwick College Public Safety and Davenport Fire and EMS organized a search for Taub.

Search personnel found tracks leading to a frozen pond on campus on Dec. 31 at approximately 1:30 a.m. Rescue crews found Taub's body in the pond.

The Delaware County Medical Examiner, James Cooros, pronounced Taub dead. Cooros said the cause of death was accidental with the manner of death as drowning - hypothermia.

Crews found the dogs on the Pine Lake campus and returned them to the owners.

On Dec. 31, state police responded to the report of the missing Landess couple. An investigation showed that the couple's German Shepherd was missing as well.

Troopers searched the property and found a large hole in the ice with a dog toy near the hole.

State police scuba divers searched the pond.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. rescue crews found Ira Landess' body in the pond. Deputy medical examiner, Cooros pronounced him dead on the scene with the cause of death as accidental drowning - hypothermia.

Rescue crews discovered Mrs. Landess' body on Jan. 1 around 1 p.m. along with the family's dog. Her death was also ruled as accidental drowning - hypothermia.

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