An 86-year-old Seaford woman drowned when she slipped and fell into the canal behind her home while cleaning her boat.

Nassau County police said Loraine Auld was found by her 85-year-old husband wedged between the dock and the bulkhead behind their Peconic Avenue home at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

A neighbor called 911 and police performed CPR upon arrival before taking the victim to St Joseph’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead two hours later.

Police said an autopsy determined that the cause of death was drowning and Seventh Squad detectives found no apparent criminality.

The case is the 12th apparent drowning on Long Island this year.


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