Police & Fire

Police: Body Found in Yorktown's Sparkle Lake

Around 4:30 p.m. Monday, a dive team searches for the body of a man who fell into Sparkle Lake. Credits: Brian Marschhauser

Editor's Note (12:38 p.m. Tuesday): The story has been updated.

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The body of a man who fell into Sparkle Lake on Labor Day has been recovered by first responders, according to police.

Yorktown Police Chief Robert Noble said the man was floating on an inflatable tube and fell off into the lake Monday afternoon. After falling, the man called out for help and another man jumped into the lake in an attempt to save him.

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“He made it about halfway out. He saw the victim go under and that was the last he saw of him,” Noble said.

The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Darrin Dyckoff, a Somers resident, according to Noble. Dyckoff graduated from Yorktown High School in 2006, according to his LinkedIn page.

Nearby residents Elizabeth and John Morrella, who witnessed the incident, said they heard calls for help then shouts of “call 9-1-1, call 9-1-1.”

Elizabeth Morrella said the man, who was at the lake by himself, was floating on an oval-shaped tube and fell in the lake near the fountain.

“We’ve been here 37 years and we’ve never seen something like this,” she said.

Noble said the float was intended to hold up to 120 pounds and was meant more for a pool than a lake. The lake was closed to swimmers and no lifeguard was on duty.

Responding to the scene were the Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Yorktown Volunteer Fire Department Dive Team, Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department Dive Team and Mohegan Lake Volunteer Fire Association.

The story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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