MAYFIELD — The Mayfield man who drowned Friday while rescuing his daughter at Sacandaga Lake was a local pastor with four children who “love unselfishly,” according to a fundraiser set up on his behalf to help pay for the funeral.
Albert Adamkoski Jr., 47, was driving on Sacandaga Lake near Beacon Island around 4 p.m. on July 8 when witnesses said he jumped off his pontoon boat to rescue his daughter, who according to the Sheriff’s Office of Fulton County, one of them, cried out for help from a handful of rescue organizations responding to the incident.
Police say Adamkoski was able to reach the child and hand him over to a bystander, but disappeared under the water seconds later and never reappeared. The investigations of the state police continue.
A GoFundMe set up by Adamkoski’s sister, Stacey Brooker, to help cover the cost of funeral and burial services says Adamkoski was on a family trip with some friends and four children were playing on a sandbar while the boat was docked. The children slipped and struggled in the current.
Three of the children were rescued, but one of Adamkoski’s daughter continued to drift offshore, according to the fundraising site, which had raised more than $8,000 in donations as of Sunday afternoon.
“Albert jumped into action as he quickly swam to her as she went under. He lifted her above the water but picked up a lot of water as he swam her to a bystander who helped bring her in,” the post reads. “As he passed her, he dove into the water and didn’t come up again.”
Brooker did not return a message seeking comment on Sunday.
Adamkoski leaves behind a wife and four children aged 6 to 13.
According to the fundraiser, he pastored Log Cabin Church on Progress Road and bought Lakeview Orchards a year ago. Telephone calls to both locations were unsuccessful on Sunday.
“He (Adamkoski) was zealous in his faith and selflessly loving, serving God and helping others to know Jesus,” the fundraiser reads.
The consultation hours for Adamkoski are on Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. for family and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for friends. A funeral service will follow from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Log Cabin Church at 413 Progress Road in Gloversville.
Donations can be made online at: https://bit.ly/3RqfYT6.
Contact Reporter Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.
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