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Drowning victim’s body found in Chautauqua Lake

MAYVILLE – The body of a man presumed drowned after he fell from an inner tube in Chautauqua Lake was found early Thursday morning about 200 yards off shore, north of the Chautauqua Institution.

The body of Ricky L. Whipple, 58, of Conewango Valley was found at about 5:45 a.m.

He fell off an inner tube or inflatable raft that was being towed by a motor boat Saturday, according to Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace.

Investigating the incident were the Sheriff’s Office, Chautauqua County Emergency Services and the Chautauqua County Water Emergency Team.

Personnel from each of the following volunteer fire departments assisted: Chautauqua, Ashville, Bemus Point, Dewittville and Mayville, and the New York State Police Dive Team.