Retired police officer drowns while tubing in the Oneida Narrows

A 45-year-old Las Vegas man drowned Sunday afternoon while tubing with his family in the Oneida Narrows. William M. Datthyn was pronounced dead by emergency crews after efforts to resuscitate him failed.

Franklin County Sheriff David Fryar said witnesses told deputies, Datthyn was on a tube, floating the river around 5 p.m. Near the Red Point Campground, his tube deflated and he was swept into some rapids, hitting some rocks. He was found in about three feet of water, with his head submerged.

Family members pulled him from the river and brought him to shore. They performed CPR while deputies and paramedics were called to the scene.

Fryar said when deputies arrived they found Datthyn on the shore, surrounded by family members. CPR had been discontinued and it was apparent he was deceased. Paramedics transported him to the Franklin County Medical Center.

Medical personnel were unable to conclude the actual cause of death so an autopsy was expected to be performed by the Franklin County Coroner’s Office.

Fryar said deputies send their condolences to the family and friends of Datthyn. “We are sorry for the tragic loss of a loved one.”

Datthyn was a retired New York City Police Officer. He was working for the Las Vegas County Sheriff’s Office as a court bailiff.

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