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9/1 CROTON DROWNING VICTIM TO BE BURIED ON LONG ISLAND - CROTON-ON-HUDSON — Friends of Dr. Peter Engel were looking forward to rafting with him later this year. Instead, they will attend his funeral today on Long Island. While the 53-year-old psychiatrist has been criticized for what some have called foolhardy and arrogant behavior — taking to the flood-ravaged waters of the Croton River with four other men following Tropical Storm Irene — friends saw a different picture.
"This was a tragic accident," said a longtime friend, Gigi Ebert. "He was an expert rafter and very safety-conscious. He never would have put in (the river) if he believed it was beyond his capacity. People who don't understand extreme sports don't realize accidents can happen." READ THE REST HERE: http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011109010357
UPDATED: LINK IS INACTIVE; WAS ONLY GOOD FOR A FEW WEEKS.