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Friends remember victim of canoeing accident

Honeoye Falls, N.Y. -- Dozens of close friends gathered in remembrance of the young man who died in a canoeing accident Saturday.

His name is Andrew Primerano, 21, of Mendon. Friends described him as always happy and someone who lived life to the fullest.

"I loved him and he's my best friend," said Primerano's girlfriend, Anna Ekeren. "We always did fun stuff together. We'd always go hiking and walking around."

Monroe County sheriff's deputies said the accident happened when Primerano's canoe hit a log and capsized on Honeoye Creek. They said he became trapped by debris underwater.

Brandon Maillie was with Primerano during the accident.

"We'd canoe, we'd camp and we would do all these things," he said. "We had amazing adventures and did things together that I will never forget."

Rescuers said they performed CPR as soon as they pulled Primerano from the water. He later died at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Killien Anstee was good friends with Primerano in high school.

"We were notorious in high school as the 'Five Guys,'" said Anstee, describing their group of friends. "If a few of us were around, you knew the other two were right around the corner."

Anstee told 13WHAM he was surprised by the accident because Primerano often enjoyed being out on the creek.

"It was just something he couldn't get out of," Anstee said. "That was the most shocking because we've all been in that situation, and I just can't comprehend he's not here anymore."

Primerano attended Clarkson University and studied chemical engineering. He also worked at OLEDWorks in Rochester.

"He would make anyone laugh," said Paul Burgwardt. "We were roommates our first year in college and we could just stare at each other and we'd just instantly start laughing. He would just fill the room with laughter."

Sheriff's deputies' said Primerano was wearing a life vest during the accident.

 
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