Crews find body of Endicott man in Susquehanna River

By Erika Mahoney

April 13, 2014 Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 3:28 PM EDT

Harpursville, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The body of a man in was located in the Susquehanna River in Harpursville Sunday morning. The autopsy results show accidental drowning was the cause of death.

Brian Lanzo, 20, of Endicott was found dead around 9:30 a.m. by emergency responders on a Harpursville Fire Department boat.

According to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, his body was located in the water between Center Village and Ouaquaga.

Lanzo reportedly jumped off a railroad bridge into the Susquehanna river on Saturday afternoon while visiting friends in Harpursville.

According to the Broome County Sheriff's Office, several friends were with Lanzo at the time he jumped. The friends saw Lanzo in distress in the river and then saw him disappear beneath the current.

A longtime friend of Lanzo's, Katrina Cheriag, called Action News with more information late Saturday. Cheriag said she was at the bridge when the accident happened. According to Cheriag, they were having a picnic and Lanzo's friend jumped off the bridge and into the water first. The friend quickly swam to shore and Lanzo jumped in afterward. However, Lanzo got caught in the current, Cheriag said. Another friend tried to jump in and save Lanzo but couldn't reach him.

The 911 call came in just before 2:15. p.m. The bridge is located behind Harpursville High School.

Several emergency crews responded to the river. Five boats were launched into the river to try and locate Lanzo.

Helicopters, divers and canines were also deployed.

Crews reported that the river level is elevated at this time and water conditions are muddy with a swift current.

The Broome County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the following teams in the search:
New York State Police Dive Team, Office of Emergency Services, Harpursville Fire Department, West Colesville Fire Department, Windsor Fire Department, West Windsor Fire Department, Greene Fire Department, Afton Fire Department, Colesville Ambulance Squad, Broome County Dive Team , Chenango County Dive Team, Chenango Fire Coordinator, Amigo Search & Rescue, K9 NY Rescue

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