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Boater’s body recovered in Chautauqua Lake

LAKEWOOD – The body of Phillip Gibbs, the boater who went missing earlier this week, has been recovered from Chautauqua Lake in the Town of Busti, the Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies reported

His body was discovered about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

”The coroner has ruled the death as accidental drowning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Gibbs’ family,” Sheriff Joseph Gerace said in a prepared statement.

Gibbs, 52, of Lakewood was last seen early Sunday afternoon. His boat was found anchored in the lake off Lakewood that afternoon.