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River Searched After Fishing Gear Is Found Near Water

FULTON, NY – A fisherman’s discovery spearheaded a precautionary search of the Oswego River Thursday morning after abandoned fishing gear was found near the river’s edge in the city of Fulton.

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Police said a local fisherman made the discovery of a large amount of fishing equipment on land early Thursday, adjacent to the Oswego River, and contacted the police department. The report came in at 10:30 a.m.

“As a precaution, the river was searched by air and water north of the city of Fulton,” police said in a release issued Thursday afternoon. The police department was assisted by the Fulton Fire Department, the U.S. Coast Guard and several local emergency response agencies.

The search concluded at 3:45 p.m.

“The search was unsuccessful and at this point it is believed the equipment may have been abandoned by a group of fisherman,” the release said.

Deputy Chief Thomas Abelgore said that the search was not prompted by any evidence that someone may have fallen into the river.

“There was no eyewitnesses or any physical evidence to indicate someone had fallen in,” Abelgore said.

Abelgore pointed out that the gear was found in a remote area near the end of the break wall. Because of the way the gear looked when it was found, he said it is possible that someone may have left it purposefully.

“It looked like a little camping area,” he said. “There were beer bottles and things like that. … Everything was neatly picked up. Someone took some care to put everything away.”

Abelgore said the police department has secured the fishing gear. He said the search is called off at this point, unless police receive additional information that would suggest the need for additional efforts.

“We are waiting at this point for someone to report it stolen,” he said.

Anyone with information about the owners of the equipment has been asked to contact the Fulton Police Department at (315) 598-4504.

13 Comments

  1. So let me get this straight… No one reported anyone missing, there was no indication that anyone had fallen in and to be blunt yet logical, even if they had, the effort to find a living victim had long passed the window of opportunity. Is the preceding a fair situational assessment? I wonder how many taxpayer dollars were wasted on this endeavor. Seems those resources could have been better allocated. So if the search was not prompted by any evidence that someone had fallen in the river, what prompted it? The taxpayers should be asking “who made this decision”. In effect, the search for the potentially missing person was initiated before anyone was actually missing or reported missing. If only such proactivity were channeled in meaningful directions. What’s next? If a bowl of porridge is left unattended are we going to call in the DEC and animal control to search for the missing bears?

  2. I couldnt agree more with Mr. Alsworths comments.Apparently on this day there werent any teenage boys skateboarding in a parking lot for the police to harass.Plus it probably seemed like a nice day to spend some time on the river.I would like to see the price tag of what this unecessary search cost,between the coast guard being activated, the fire and police departments and the helicopter that hovered over the river for about five hours.By the way congrats to the Alsworths on their new arrival.

  3. Fitman, I agree with your statement but read the article again,and pay attention to the part where it says “the search was not prompted by any evidence that someone may have fallen into the river and there were no reports or evidence that someone had fallen in.”

  4. from the artical – “As a precaution, the river was searched by air and water north of the city of Fulton,” One thing to remember, If authorities did nothing everybody would have asked why they didn’t search. There is evidence of somebody missing, equipment means somebody was there, leaving with out the equipment says it is worth investigating. If it had been a family member of yours or friend I am sure you would look at this different. I praise the decision to take action.

  5. MR. ALSWORTH IS MISSING THE POINT HERE. THEY WERE SEARCHING FOR A HUMAN BEING , NOT A BEAR (or three). CONGRATS TO THE DECISION MAKERS ON THIS CALL. NEVER THINK TWICE WHEN A PERSONS LIFE COULD BE AT RISK!

  6. Here’s my point! A couple of weeks ago I was startled by a fire that was set in my back yard up against my house. I ran out and caught five young individuals running to their car.They drove off, I extinguished the fire and wrote down their license plate,called the cops.The cop showed up and told me the car was registered out of the county and if they put effort into finding the culprits all they could do was charge them with lighting fireworks off in the city.Meanwhile my home and my children were endangered………..Somebody finds a couple fishing lures on the riverbank and the coast guard and helicopter and several agencies are sent to the scene.BUNCH OF B.S.

  7. If it had been a relative, and you found that nothing was done, how much money would you be
    asking for right about know?

  8. I THINK EVERYBODY IS LOOKING AT THIS THE WRONG WAY WITH HOW STUPID SOME OF THE PEOPLE ARE IN FULTON NOBODY WOULD NO IF THIS PERSON FELL IN THE RIVER FOR MONTHS, THE FACT THAT FIRE DEPARTMENT AND SHERRIFFS OFFICE AND FULTOON POLICE DEPARTMENT ACTED ON THIS IS A GOD SENT NO MATTER HOW MUCH IT COST THE TAXPAYERS, THE WINDOW OF TIME FOR SOMEBODY THAT COULD BE IN THE RIVER IS NOT VERY LONG. I THINK THAT IF THERE WAS SOME BODY IN THE RIVER, EVERY BODY WOULD STILL BE COMPLIANING ABOUT SOMETHING. I THINK FULTON,PHOENIX,VOLNEY,MINETTO,OSWEGO CITY, FIRE DEPARTMENT’S AND ALL THE OTHER POLICE AGENCIES AROUND DID AN EXCELLENT JOB TRYING TO LOCATE THE VICTIM THAT IS “MISSING” .

  9. According to Fitman’s argument eveytime a baseball glove is found at Foster park or Kiwanis, we should send a search party into the woods or along the riverbanks. I suspect that the empty beer bottles were the best clue. Maybe they should have focused the search in the beer aisles at the local grocery stores.

  10. I would like to say “Party boy” has a good point!
    In your case, I would have liked to seen them caught and charged with something a lot harsher, especially with family members in side. But I am sorry to say I still say it was a good decision to look for a body last Thursday.

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