Cause of Teenage New Yorker’s Fatal scuba accident could take months to determine


Cayuga County sheriff’s deputies say it could take months to determine the cause of the scuba diving accident on Oct. 20 that left 16-year-old Brandon Finch dead.

Brandon, of Bridgeport, died in the accident at the south end of Skaneateles Lake, New York.

Brandon was with Carl Hoyt, 33, of Bridgeport, and Theodore Garlock, 23, of Syracuse, for a training dive.

At some point something went wrong and Brandon began swimming toward the surface from 60 feet down. He was unresponsive before he reached the surface.

Hoyt and Garlock – both of whom are paramedics – brought Brandon to the surface and began CPR while calling 911. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Lt. Joseph Weeks said this week that deputies are awaiting the results of the final autopsy report to determine what went wrong. That report could take months to complete, Weeks said.

Brandon’s mother described her son as mature, outgoing and ambitious.

Brandon was a junior at Chittenango High School who enjoyed running, video games and playing the trumpet. He aspired to become an artist, mother Sharon Finch said.

Brandon was also a junior firefighter and planned to become a full member when he was old enough.

“He decided he just wanted to help out,” said Bridgeport Fire Chief Frank Thompson. “He was a very nice kid. I don’t think anyone ever said a bad thing about him.”



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