OSWEGO, NY – For the second time in a week, the Oswego Fire Department rescue boat, Marine One, has been pressed into emergency service in the Oswego Harbor.
This evening (Aug. 11), firefighters responded quickly and rescued two people off the breakwall, and a third person who had been struck by a wave and thrown into the water.
OFD crews responded on August 5th and pulled 6 people to safety during a similar incident.
A concerned citizen called 911 from Breitbeck Park around 5:45 p.m., stating that three people were on the breakwall possibly in danger.
The Oswego Fire Department was dispatched at 5:46pm, and the personnel from the west side station responded directly to Marine One and headed quickly to the scene.
Fire Captain Allen Chase, in charge of the rescue operation, stated that all 3 people were safely in the boat by 5:54 p.m. – just eight minutes after being dispatched.
Chase said, “One person was struck by a wave, thrown from the wall and subsequently pulled from the water by our firefighters. Two others were escorted to the boat from the breakwall.” Chase went on to compliment his crew, “Firefighters Al Buske, David Wingard, and Brian Conzone did a great job getting these people to safety.”
Fire officials stated that rough seas and significant waves made it difficult to stay in position for the rescue.
The three people rescued are reportedly not from the area, and friends encouraged them to take a walk on the breakwall during their stay in Oswego.
No injuries were reported, and once aboard the fire department vessel the three were taken to Wright’s Landing.
Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie spoke harshly of the recent water incidents.
“People need to use better judgement before venturing out onto the breakwall. Both incidents over the last week luckily resulted in no injuries, but on both occasions people were struck by waves and tossed from the wall,” he said. “The terrain is uneven, and becomes very dangerous when waves come crashing over the top. The rocks are difficult to walk on during good weather conditions, and it becomes really tough when you’re watching your footing and trying to not get struck by waves.”