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Dustin Groat

Dustin N. Groat, 19; RSCS Graduate Died When Kayak Capsized In Lake

Dustin N. Groat, 19; RSCS Graduate

Died When Kayak Capsized In Lake

Dustin N. Groat

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Dustin Norman Groat, 19, of Richfield Springs, who passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018, when his kayak capsized on Canadarago Lake during a storm.

He was born on Feb. 2, 1999, in Cooperstown, the son of Eric Groat and Evelyn Seward, and graduated from Richfield Springs Central School, Class of 2017.

Dustin and his dad had a special connection and he loved spending time on the farm with him. His favorite place to be, and where he was happiest, was outside. Whether he was working on the farm, mowing lawns, or just hanging out with family. He enjoyed operating heavy farm equipment in the fields.


Teen Drowns In Canadarago Lake

Teen Drowns In

Canadarago Lake

Kayak Sinks During Sudden Storm

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – A Jordanville teen drowned in Canadarago Lake after his kayak capsized during last night’s storm.

According to State Police, Dustin Groat, 19, Jordanville, was with another teenager when they got into their kayaks at the Canadarago Lake Boat Launch at approximately 7:30 p.m. and paddled to Deowongo Island.

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