OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Fire Department responded to a report of a person in the water in the Oswego Harbor along the breakwall just west of the lighthouse on Monday.
At 4:47 p.m., the fire department received a call from the United States Coast Guard Station Oswego reporting a person in the water at that location.
Crews responding launched the department’s zodiac inflatable boat at Wrights Landing Marina.
A short time later firefighters Ron Nelson and Lenny Hartle located the victim in the water about 50 yards west of the lighthouse along the breakwall and pulled the 18-year-old into the department’s boat and transported him to Wright’s Landing where he was taken by Oswego Fire Department Ambulance to Oswego Hospital and is being currently treated.
“This was just a fantastic execution of a water rescue by the entire crew to prepare, respond, and rescue the person in a very timely manner and in particular Firefighters Nelson and Hartle for their actions. Minutes if not seconds count in a situation like that with the water temperature around 36 degrees,” said Fire Chief Jeffrey McCrobie.
Oswego Police, the United States Coast Guard and the US Border patrol also assisted.
“Congratulations to all of the Fire Department personnel who responded to this emergency.
Thanks to their rapid response and professionalism, a life was saved!” said Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen. “Thank you on behalf of the people of Oswego.”