Two Canton men die in snowmobiling accident on Rainbow Falls Reservoir in Parishville, two others survive
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 8:19 am

PARISHVILLE -- A Canton man and a Norwood man were killed after driving into open water on snowmobiles Monday at about 8 p.m.

Canton-based state police said Robert Campbell, 78, of Canton, and Robert Whalen, 87, of Canton, were pronounced dead at Canton-Potsdam Hospital after their snowmobiles fell into icy water on Rainbow Falls Reservoir in the Town of Parishville.

Troopers said the two men were accompanied by Daniel Campbell and David Livingston, who were initially able to avoid falling into the water.

Campbell and Livingston called 911 and went for help, borrowing a canoe from a nearby neighbor and attempted to rescue the other men.

During the rescue, Campbell also fell into the water, police said.

Daniel Campbell was removed from the water alive and was transported to Canton-Potsdam Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia.

Troopers said Colton Fire and Rescue, Parishville Fire and Rescue, St. Lawrence County sheriff's deputies, Potsdam Rescue and the Lisbon, Massena and Waddington dive teams were among the agencies that responded.