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.