Canadian man dies after falling into St. Lawrence River at the Eisenhower Lock

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Lock along the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York.


By W.T. ECKERT | Watertown Daily Times, N.Y. | Published: October 17, 2018

MASSENA, N.Y. — State police are investigating the early-morning death of a Canadian man Tuesday who fell into the waters of the St. Lawrence River at the Eisenhower Lock.

Troopers said it was about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday when they received a report that Alfred Eshun, 57, of Quebec, had fallen into the water while he was tying a ship off prior to entering the locks.

Mr. Eshun was working on the Canadian bulk carrier Spruceglen which, prior to entering the Eisenhower Lock heading into the Seaway, was being tied off awaiting another ship that was already in the locks, troopers said.

“Eshun was hoisted down the side of Spruceglen, to tie the ship off while awaiting another ship already in the locks,” the release stated. “After being hoisted down to shore, Eshun lost his balance on the dock and fell into the water.”

Mr. Eshun was found in the water, unresponsive, within about three minutes, and two St. Lawrence Seaway employees entered the water to assist with getting him out of the water and then initiated CPR.

Both employees were transported to the Massena Memorial Hospital to be treated for possible hypothermia.

Mr. Eshun was taken to Massena Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:02 a.m. by St. Lawrence County Coroner James M. Sienkiewycz.

Troopers said no foul play is suspected and an autopsy will be performed at a later time to be announced.

St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. officials said the freighter Spruceglen is currently tied up on the lower approach wall to Eisenhower Lock pending the conclusion of the on site investigation and that navigation is not being affected.

State police and the U.S. Coast Guard are conducting investigations into the incident. The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment is assisting with this investigation.

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