Close Call On The Oswego River

OSWEGO, NY – A life jacket and some quick thinking fishermen saved a woman from a dangerous situation this morning (Oct. 14) in the Oswego River.

The Oswego Fire Department was dispatched to the Oswego River at 8:16 a.m. for a woman floating down river, near the Varick Dam.

According to Oswego Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie, “A woman was wading near the Varick Dam. It appears she lost her footing while fishing, and floated approximately 400 yards before being helped by some fellow fishermen into a drift boat.”

The woman was assisted from the water, evaluated by Oswego Fire Department personnel and was released.

Officials on the scene stated that the life jacket and quick thinking fishermen saved the woman’s life.

Chief McCrobie said, “Without the protection of a life vest, this could have easily resulted in a tragedy. We appreciate the efforts of the other fishermen that assisted in the rescue.”

The Oswego Fire Department responded with Marine One, along with shore-based personnel.

The Oswego Police were also on the scene quickly.

The Oswego Fire Department reminds fishermen and area residents to be very careful around the river.

The conditions on the river can change quickly and become dangerous.

Life jackets are required for those in the water, and are highly recommended for anyone near the water.

The Oswego Fire Department has a “Loaner For Life” life jacket rental program.

Life jackets are available for rent, free of charge at the east side station.

For more details, call the Oswego Fire Department at (315) 343-2161.

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  1. Thank you to the friends fishing with us, their quick response trying their best to get me to shore with the availability of throw bags and life presevers.
    Needless to say, the ropes were short due to people cutting off pieces to haul their fish in.
    TO THOSE WHO DO THIS, YOU ENDANGER SOMEONE’S LIFE THIS SHOULD BE A FINABLE OFFENSE.

    YES, I was unable to get to any if the safety docks as the current was quite fast. Having the life jacket on DID SAVE my life along with the orange staff provided.
    With the water temp dropping, I wear a DIVE suit over layers of UnderAmour shirts and leggings. Also gives you extra buoyancy and keeps you warm.

    THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE RESPONDERS, THE DRIFT BOAT GENTLMEN WHO PULLED ME UP TO SAFTEY, POLICE, AND COAST GUARD.
    My past training as a Coast Guardsman and EMT also came into to play – keep calm, focus on what your being told! My husband and I are extremely appreciative for the reactions and actions by many who helped me along my scenic view of the river.
    DO NOT TRY THIS FOR FUN. ITS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!

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