Early afternoon Thursday July 3, members of the Warren County Scuba and Marine Rescue team take a break from searching the waters of Lake George near Hague Beach for William B. Scott who drifted away from a capsized fishing boat Tuesday and hasn’t been seen since.
William B. Scott, the man who drifted away from a fishing boat that capsized July 1 just north of Hague Beach remained missing Thursday — and his wife, who spent hours on shore waiting for news, shared her thoughts about Scott and the rescue effort.
Scott, 59, of Westerlo N.Y. wearing a personal flotation device, jumped into the waters of Lake George Tuesday as the 17 foot fishing both he was aboard began taking on water, reported police.
Fishing partners George Boss, 75, of West Kingston, R.I. and Thomas Greene, 70, of Derby, Conn. clung to the boat and communicated with Scott for approximately 10 minutes, but strong winds separated Boss and Greene from Scott.
According to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, the fisherman were trolling the waters when a fishing line or lines tangled in an unknown object up to 130 feet below the surface.
Members of the Boss and Scott families have spent hours over the past two days on the shores of the beach waiting for news from Sheriff’s officers or State Police about Scott’s whereabouts.
“George and Bill have been fishing for eight or nine years,” Colleen Scott said about her husband William. “Once every year they come up to the North Point (Hague). I just keep thinking ‘Bill, you loved it so much, now come on.’”
Warren County Sheriff’s officers, Lake George Park Commission personnel and State Police have been heading up the search efforts.
“My children have been a bit upset that they haven’t looked closer to the shoreline,” Colleen Scott said. “Tuesday night I would get these five minutes of sleep at a time and I swear I could just hear Bill saying, ‘I’m right here, just stay with me, just hold on.’”
The search efforts were halted late Wednesday afternoon when a series of thunderstorms swept through the area.
“They went back out,” Colleen said, noting that the divers resumed their search quickly after the thunderstorms moved on. “I found out last night that they found Bill’s sneaker — they found it on Tuesday. No one told me and my kids. We want to know everything — We need the closure.”
Colleen Scott spoke about William Scott as a husband, grandfather and friend.
“About four years ago he bought a ‘67 Chevy Nova,” Colleen said. “It was Canary Yellow. That first year we had it, we went up to the car show at Howe Caverns and Bill won a prize in the top 25 — Boy if you could have seen that smile!”
In 2013, William Scott became a grandfather for the first time when his grandson Hunter was born.
“Hunter just loves him — he runs around all the time yelling ‘Pop, Pop, Pop,” Colleen Scott said. “He’s here now,” she said, pointing to the blonde-haired boy napping in a stroller under the shade of a park tree.
Scott spoke of the friendship between Boss and her husband — and how on Saturday the two men had caught a lake trout and broiled it for dinner the night before the accident.
“At the campground we stay at seasonally, the men have started taking fishing hooks and wearing them on their hats,” Colleen Scott said. “Bill found a big one and he painted it gold; he put it in a Dick’s Sporting Goods box and left it around for George — Bill gave him that hook for being the captain of the boat.”
Colleen Scott gazed over the waters of Lake George.
“This morning, George gave it to my son.”
As search efforts continue, the family remains hopeful, she continued.