Bodies of two fishermen found in Great Sacandaga

BROADALBIN – The bodies of two fishermen who have been missing for 10 days have been recovered from the Great Sacandaga Lake.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department this afternoon identified the bodies as those of Mark Richards, 51, and his son, Brent Richards, 24, both of Broadalbin.

The two went fishing May 18 and failed to return. Authorities suspect no foul play in the deaths, said Sheriff Thomas Lorey, who added an autopsy would be done on the bodies to determine the cause of death.

A kayaker, Stephen Busch, said he came across one of the bodies about 11 a.m. today in shallow water in North Broadalbin near the North Broadalbin Beach Club off Route 110 and called authorities.

Busch said officials told him the other body was found earlier in the day about a half-mile away near the Broadalbin Boat Launch.

Authorities have been looking for the bodies since May 19 after their family reported the two missing.

The two had parked their vehicle on MacVean Road and launched their 8- to 10-foot jon boat near the Broadalbin Boat Launch. The pair’s vehicle was found on the road and items that would have been in their boat were found floating near shore.

Officials loaded the body found in North Broadalbin into an ambulance around 12:45 p.m. today.

Busch said he found the body lying face-down in the water while he and his mother were kayaking. He said the man was wearing a black hoodie and had no shoes on him.

“I saw the feet under water,” he said.

“I turned to my mother and said, ‘There’s a body here,'” Busch said.

He said his mother then called 911 and they waited for authorities to arrive at the scene.

Busch, 35, said he is from western New York but his family has a cabin on the lake. He said he and his mother were kayaking to look for good fishing holes.

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