Amsterdam man drowns in river

LITTLE FALLS (AP) – Authorities say a 21-year-old college student drowned while spending the day with friends on an island in the Mohawk River.

The Little Falls Police Department said the group was near the Erie Canal’s Lock 17 on the river Sunday afternoon when Michael Flowers of Amsterdam and another man decided to swim across to the other shore in Little Falls.

Witnesses told police Flowers became tired and was about 20 feet from shore when he went under.

Divers found his body three hours later at the bottom of the river in about 35 feet of water.

Officials said alcohol or drugs weren’t involved.

Flowers was a first-year transfer student at nearby Herkimer County Community College.