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September 20, 2018

Rescue Personnel Searching For Person In The Oswego River


OSWEGO, NY – City police and fire personnel are continuing to search for a person reportedly in the Oswego River.

Oswego Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie, left, discusses the situation with Oswego PD Capt. David Lizotte.

Oswego Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie, left, discusses the situation with Oswego PD Capt. David Lizotte.

At approximately 3:02 p.m. today (Nov. 28), the Oswego City Police and Fire departments responded to a report of a male having jumped from the Utica Street bridge into Oswego River.

Upon arrival responding officers observed the victim floating down river.

Police and Fire personnel attempted to throw ‘rescue rings’ and ‘rescue bags’ while the Oswego City Fire Department rescue boat was in route, but were unsuccessful in reaching the victim prior to his disappearing under water.

The victim was last seen floating in the water north of the Captain’s Quarters hotel.

Oswego City Fire Department divers are currently in the water searching for the victim, and the United States Coast Guard has also been activated.

Oswego rescue workers' efforts were assisted by a State Police helicopter.

Oswego rescue workers' efforts were assisted by a State Police helicopter.

Members of the Oswego City Police Department’s Patrol and Criminal Investigations Division are also on scene, and are interviewing witnesses.

Police have not yet been able to obtain positive identification of the victim.

At this time, foul play is not suspected.

There are unconfirmed reports that the person apparently struck an abutment on the way down and was unconscious when he hit the water.  He was described as floating down the river, face down.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to contact them at 315-342-8120.

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