Brighton graduate dead following Schuyler County boating accident

A 2017 Brighton High School graduate is dead following a boating accident in Schulyer County.

The school district released a statement confirming that Owen Thomas was killed on Waneta Lake Thursday night.

The lake is located between Keuka and Seneca lakes, near the town of Urbana.

The Schuyler County Sheriff's Office says that the victim fell overboard.

School officials described Thomas as “an active, accomplished student, a multi-sport athlete and just an all-around good soul.”

Counseling services will be provided at the school from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. through Tuesday. They said in part:

“We are in the process of gathering more information and exploring all manner in which we can support Owen’s family, friends, classmates and all of you. Please know that we will do all that we can to support everyone in any way possible. Please contact your child’s administrator, counselor or our district office if you need anything at all.”

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