OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Fire Department made a rescue in the Oswego River this afternoon (Aug. 18).
The call was received from the 911 Center at 4:38 p.m.
Firefighters from the west side fire station responded with the departmentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s 20-foot aluminum jet-drive boat to an area just north of the Bridge Street bridge where they found Dennis OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Leary, 47, of Oswego, clinging to a buoy.
He had been kayaking in the Oswego River when the craft tipped over spilling him into the water.
He was unable to re-enter the kayak and floated downriver with the current clinging to the boat.
A caller from the Pontiac Terrace apartments on West First Street saw him in distress in the water and called it in to 911.
Captain Mike Cutro said that OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Leary was not injured, but was unable to swim back to shore because of the strength of the current.
Firefighters had reached OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Leary by 4:45 p.m.
The rescue boat brought OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Leary to the city-owned dock behind ColemanÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Restaurant where he was examined by paramedics, but not transported to a hospital.
Also responding to the call were the Oswego Police Department and the US Coast Guard.
A Coast Guard crew retrieved OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢LearyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s kayak further north in the river where it had been swept by the current.
Five OFD personnel responded to the incident.
All units were back in service by 4:55 p.m.