Man in critical condition after canoe capsized in Seneca River


man is in critical condition after his canoe capsized in the Seneca River Sunday afternoon.

According to the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, the canoe, which had three people inside, capsized around 3:30 pm on the Seneca River in the town of Lysander.

Gene Mason, 55, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening drowning injuries. The other two occupants, William Spinks, 15, and James Phillips, 53, both of Syracuse, were not hurt.

They were rescued by people on a cruiser boat nearby.

The canoe capsized approximately 600 feet from shore in 9 feet of water.

Deputies say the occupants were not wearing life jackets.

The incident is currently being investigated by the Onondaga County Sheriffs Office Evidence Technicians and Nav


gation Unit.