A capsized kayak in the West Branch Delaware River and a capsized canoe on Goodyear Lake resulted in two drowning deaths this week.

Donald Shamus, 21, of Delhi, was discovered by emergency services personnel and law enforcement after a call came in around noon of a possible drowning in the West Branch Delaware River. Grant Houseworth, 56, of Maryland, died in the hospital nearly 24 hours after he was pulled from Goodyear Lake after a Monday storm capsized his canoe.

In Shamus' accident, a witness, who was kayaking with the victim, reported that Shamus had fallen from the top of his capsized kayak and was swept away by the current. Shamus was not wearing a personal flotation device at the time of the incident.

The witness was unable to rescue Shamus and summoned help. A search of the river started immediately by members of the Delaware County Department of Emergency Management, Delhi Fire and EMS, Walton, Margaretville and Downsville Fire Departments along with members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Environmental Conservation Police, New York City Department of Environmental Protection Aviation Division, SUNY Delhi University Police and Delhi Village Police Departments.

At approximately 1:15 p.m., New York State Environmental Conservation Officers located the victim approximately one half mile south of the confluence of the West Branch Delaware River and the Little Delaware Rivers. CPR was performed on Sahmus and continued while he was transported to O’Connor Hospital in Delhi where Shamus was later declared dead due to apparent drowning.

Houseworth died Tuesday afternoon at Albany Medical Center. This after he was removed from the water unconscious Monday. Authorities say the weather changed suddenly Monday leading the canoe to overturn.

Houseworth was swept away by the current while a second occupant of the canoe was able to hold onto the canoe and swim back to shore.