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SCHUYLER, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say divers have recovered the body of a central New York man from an Erie Canal lock where he apparently drowned while trying to save his girlfriend’s cousin after the cousin jumped in to save a dog.

State police say troopers responded around 8 p.m. Wednesday to reports of two people in the water at Lock 19 in the Herkimer County town of Schuyler, 55 miles (88 kilometers) east of Syracuse.

Troopers say a woman had jumped into the canal to save a dog, then began struggling to stay afloat. The boyfriend of the woman’s cousin, 26-year-old George Grullon, of Utica, then jumped in to save her but didn’t resurface.

State police and Oneida County divers found his body late Wednesday night in 6 feet of water.

The woman survived and the dog was saved by troopers.


This story has been changed to correct the person the man was trying to save was his girlfriend’s cousin, not the girlfriend.