A woman whose body was found in a lake with a 6-year-old girl clinging to it was identified Tuesday as Pamela Kaner of Brewster, N.Y., police said.
Kaner, 59, drowned while on Lake Gleneida in Carmel, N.Y., on Monday, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. When boaters found her lifeless body, they also saw the girl grasping onto it, police said.
Kaner's body was taken to Putnam Hospital Center for an autopsy, and the girl was taken to the same hospital but was unhurt, LoHud reported.
Local boaters who had gone on the lake to go fishing called 911 when they spotted Kaner's body a few hundred feet off shore, and town police, volunteer ambulance and firefighters arrived at the scene around 5 p.m. Monday, said Carmel police Sgt. John Dearman. Dearman said it was too late to save the woman's life by then.
Kaner knew the little girl's mother and was watching her while her mother was taking her car to a mechanic, Dearman said.
The events surrounding the woman's death and the girl's rescue are not yet certain, LoHud stated.
"It's unknown if she had a medical event occur that caused her to drown or if they just got too far out," Dearman said. "We don't know. We're going to have to wait for the autopsy."
Dearman added that when people spotted the floating young girl they thought she was hanging on to a plastic object but then realized it was a woman's body when they got closer.
The young girl's mother went to the scene after she failed to reach Kaner and became worried. She was seen speaking with police, LoHud reported.
Dearman added that the incident is believed to be an accident, but that nothing has been ruled out.