Death of man found on ice in bay ruled accidental
Feb. 18, 2018
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say the death of a New York man found on the ice in Presque Isle Bay in northwestern Pennsylvania has been ruled accidental.
The Erie County Coroner says the body of 65-year-old Thomas Fields of Buffalo was recovered at the foot of Dobbins Landing on Saturday morning.
Coroner Lyell Cook says Fields, a former Erie resident, was visiting family but wandered away at about midnight. Erie police say surveillance video shows him alone when he fell from the dock just after 6 a.m. Saturday.
Someone passing by spotted the body shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday. Cook said Fields died of hypothermia.