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STAFF PHOTO/JASON FARMER Park rangers and others gather at Lackawanna Lake at Lackawanna State Park on Saturday afternoon after a kayaker was pulled from the water. The 24-year-old man later died at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton.

BY CLAYTON OVER
Times-Shamrock Writer

A 24-year-old Greenfield Twp. man died Saturday night after a kayaking incident earlier in the day at Lackawanna State Park.

Lackawanna County Coroner Timothy Rowland said David J. Nicoteri died at 8:17 p.m. in the intensive care unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton.

The victim had been taken to the hospital by emergency medical services personnel after he fell out of his kayak at Lackawanna Lake at 12:23 p.m.

Rowland said Nicoteri became submerged in the lake and was rescued by bystanders and park rangers.

On Monday, Rowland ruled the man’s drowning death accidental after an autopsy.

The autopsy concluded no foul play was involved.

The 1,445-acre Lackawanna State Park is in Benton and North Abington townships, about 10 miles north of Scranton. The 198-acre Lackawanna Lake is surrounded by picnic and camping areas and multiuse trails.