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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - Updated: 10:34 AM

New Jersey man drowns boating

GREENWOOD LAKE (AP) -- Authorities say a 40-year-old New Jersey man has drowned in a New York lake while swimming during an outing with friends.

Police in the Orange County village of Greenwood Lake tell the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that Ronald Huffin of Paterson was boating Monday on the lake on the New York-New Jersey border with his girlfriend and a male friend.

Officials say Huffin jumped off the boat before noon and swam around to the back, where he went under the water and didn't surface. The other man went in to the water to assist Huffin, but couldn't find him.

Greenwood Lake police responded, along with divers from the New York State Police and the West Milford Police Department in New Jersey. They recovered Huffin's body about 5 p.m.

New Yorkers lag as organ donors

ALBANY (AP) -- Fewer New Yorkers have signed up as organ donors than most Americans, prompting the state to seek help boosting enrollment and shortening its list of patients who die waiting.

A study from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield shows 22 percent of New York adults in the donor registry, compared with 48 percent nationally.

The study also shows 539 New Yorkers died awaiting a transplant last year while others became too sick and ineligible.

Currently 8,667 people are on New York's list for a kidney and 1,352 for a liver, some waiting more than five years.

The Health Department is drafting a bid request for outside help expanding registration.

So far, 3.4 million adults statewide have indicated their intent or given legal consent to donate their organs after they die.


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