ONEIDA LAKE — The Oneida Lake drowning victim has been identified as 51-year-old James Gambini, of Pennsylvania, according to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities said Gambini jumped into the lake on Friday afternoon and never resurfaced. Gambini was reported missing at 6:40 p.m. Friday, launching a massive search of the water that included more than a dozen law enforcement and fire agencies.
Deputies said the body was discovered by civilians in the water near Lewis Point in the South Bay at about 6:15 a.m. Monday. Rescue personnel responded and removed the body from the water. Gambini was identified and taken to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
Authorities said the search efforts were non-stop from sunrise to sunset since Gambini had been reported missing.
Agencies from multiple counties around the lake assisted in the search, including the United States Coast Guard.
Many of these agencies also assisted in the search for 62-year-old Richard Whitney, of West Monroe, who authorities said also drowned in Oneida Lake this weekend. Whitney was reported missing on Saturday and his body was recovered on Sunday.
Authorities said there was a third rescue response on the lake at about 3:51 p.m. Sunday for a child who had fallen overboard in the area of Billington Bay on the south shore. Officials said the child was rescued safely. Further details on this incident have not yet been released.