Fishermen rescued from Oswego River

Oswego River rescue / Courtesy: Harland Lint

Several fishermen are safe after being rescued in Oswego County this morning.

It happened just before 10am in the Oswego River eastside. A fisherman on the opposite side of the river near the post office called to report a drift boat trapped just north of Leto Island.

Oswego County firefighters, Oswego police and the U.S. Coast Guard in Oswego arrived on the scene to find the trapped boat, entangled in a tree in the river. They were able to remove the fisherman and free the boat. No one was hurt.

"I was very pleased with the response of the entire crew involved in today's operation and in particular those responding in our Rescue Boat under adverse conditions," said Fire Chief Jeffrey McCrobie.

Fire officials say the fisherman were not wearing life jackets and they're calling on others to take precautions to keep themselves safe. "I cannot impress enough to everyone either fishing on shore or in a boat, the importance of Personal Floatation Devices," Chief McCrobie said. "I cannot for any reason figure out why our Deputy Chief in Charge of the operation would have to instruct those in the stranded boat to put on their life jackets. It has been not even a month removed from a double fatality drowning and yet people still ignore the simplest and easiest form of life safety."

Two fishermen died earlier this month after being swept away by raging waters in the Oswego River. 45-year-old Leonard Nichols of Wellsburg, NY was killed along with 52-year-old Clifford Luther of Horseheads, NY. They were pulled from the river on September 28.

In a separate incident on the same river, 17 other fishermen had to be rescued when the river's waters swelled quickly and unexpectedly from heavy rainfall.