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September 19, 2018

Oswego Coast Guard Stages Two Rescues In A Week


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Oswego’s Coast Guard station has had a busy week.  Saturday, they resuced two men swept by waves into Lake Ontario and earlier in the week, they rescued four people from a capsized boat.

Saturday’s incident happened at about 4:10 p.m., according to the Coast Guard.  Two men standing on the Oswego Harbor breakwall were hit by 6-foot waves and washed into the lake.  They were not wearing lifejackets.

The Coast Guard was on routine patrol in the area and spotted the men in the water.  The men were fished out.  They were in good condition and refused to see a doctor.

Petty Officer Byron Wiswell, a member of the crew at the Oswego Coast Guard station, said, “They were lucky we happened to be so close.”

Last Monday, at about 5:45 p.m., a member of the Oswego station crew happened to see a sailboat tip over about 10 yards from the pier.  Four people on the sailboat fell into the water.  All wore lifejackets.

“The wind picked up really bad and knocked them over,” said Oswego station Petty Officer 2nd Class Kurt Schulze in a news release. “We launched and were able to get out to them in about five minutes.”

The four were checked by emergency medical technicians when they arrived on land, but none had suffered an injury.

The Coast Guard encourages all boaters to wear life jackets at all times when on the water, and to carry a communications device, such as a marine-band radio, while boating.

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