Teen who drowned at Canawaugus Park in Scottsville identified

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SCOTTSVILLLE, N.Y. (WROC) — Officials from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office identified the teen who drowned at Oatka Creek in Canawaugus Park Tuesday.

Officials identified the teen as 18-year-old Tyreece Johnson of Rochester Thursday.

“MCSO passes it condolences to the family and would like to thank the bystanders and first responders that entered the water to try and make a rescue,” officials said in a statement.

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SCOTTSVILLLE, N.Y. (WROC) — A teenager has drowned in a creek in Scottsville on Tuesday.

According to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to Oatka Creek in Canawaugus Park around 8:57 p.m. for the report of a teenaged male in the water possibly drowning.

Deputies say according to their investigation, the teen swam toward the middle of the creek and then began to struggle. “The male went under the water and multiple bystanders entered the water to assist but were unable to get the male out of the creek,” officials said in a release.

He was later removed from the creek by fire personnel and pronounced dead at the scene.

“There were multiple people that were down here. Obviously on a warm night this is a very popular spot here on River Road in Scottsville,” Sgt. Matthew Battone said at the scene. “It’s a very popular spot amongst teens. I’ve been on the job 15 years and there’s always someone here on a warm night.”

The MCSO said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Ray Pizarro has lived in Scottsville for 39 years. He says Oatka Creek is pretty popular for all ages, but especially kids.

And on a busy night: “Could be anywhere between 20 and 30 hanging out ya know high school kids,” he said.

His two sons grew up playing by this creek all year round – and now his grandkids do the same. Through the years – a few minor incidents here and there caused a bit of worry. “There’s a rope swing they fall and hurt themselves things like that just minor things.”

Pizarro says at first glance, the creek doesn’t appear to moving that fast – but don’t let that fool you. “the surface looked like not a big deal but you get into it undertow can look fairly strong.”

His advice for young people out there – always play it safe. Bring a few buddies with you when you go by the water – and never be too confident in yourself.

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