Help Upstate New York Family Deal With ‘Unspeakable Heartbreak’
Just a few months before graduation a Hudson Valley teen died in a tragic accident.
The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reported an investigation into a drowning that occurred in a body of water on the Taconic State Park in the Town of North East at approximately 2:50 p.m. on Friday.
Teen Drowns In Dutchess County
Two teens walked 20 to 30 feet on the ice when it broke. Both teens were sent into the water.
One teen was able to get out and call 911. However, the other teen could not get out.
A dive team was used to remove the teen but he was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Police did not release the teen's name, but Hudson Valley Post learned the victim is 17-year-old Noah Thompson of Amenia, New York.
Victim From Amenia, New York Was Supposed To Graduate From Webutuck
Noah was a senior at Webutuck High School and was expected to graduate this spring.
"It is with profound sadness that I write this letter to let you know that one of our high school students passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 10 in a tragic accident. Our sincere condolences and thoughts go out to the family and friends of our student," the Webutuck Central School District stated.
Noah played varsity baseball for Webutuck High School. He also loved working out at the gym.
"Noah will forever be remembered for living life on his own terms and for his amazing smile and infectious laughter and giving the biggest hugs," his obituary states.
Victim Donated Organs
Thompson is donating his organs.
"He loved everyone and his love continued after his untimely passing by selflessly donating his organs to those in need. He will be dearly missed and forever remembered by all," his obituary adds.
GoFundMe For Family
Thompson is survived by his family, including four siblings. A GoFundMe was set up to help his family pay for his funeral.
"Noah was such a gift to this world. This is such an all-encompassing tragedy and an unspeakable heartbreak. If we all contribute, hopefully, we can alleviate some of the terrible weight," the GoFundMe states.
CLICK HERE to donate. As of this writing, nearly $45,000 has been raised.