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LYONS FALLS — A teenager drowned after falling into rapids on the Moose River in the town of Lyonsdale Thursday afternoon.

Abraham Way, 16, of Utica, was walking on rocks at Agers Falls while crossing the Moose River near the concrete dam when he slipped and fell into the “fast-moving waterfalls,” according to State Police information officer Trooper Jack L. Keller.

The Thomas R. Proctor High School student didn’t resurface after falling into the water, although he was later located and pronounced dead at the scene.

The 911 call came in at about 4:45 p.m. and because of the ongoing investigation, no further information was provided by the police.

Agers Falls is located east of the village of Lyons Falls in southern Lewis County. Hydro power created by the dammed river was used to power a paper mill beginning in the late 1800s, however the area is now a public “Recreational and Historical Area” popular with hikers and whitewater kayakers. It is owned and maintained by FortisUS Energy Corporation.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department announced via social media on Friday that the recreation area is closed and will remain so indefinitely.

“No one is allowed on the property until further notice and it will be patrolled by law enforcement.”

The entrance gate to the area is locked and “No Trespassing” signs have been posted, the notification said.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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