Second fisherman dies after drowning in Oswego River

Fishermen on the Oswego River last week / file photo

The City of Oswego is holding a public meeting on safety issues surrounding the Oswego River, on the heels of news that a second fisherman has died after being swept away in raging waters last week.

Tonight's meeting comes a week after four fishermen were swept away and one drowned in the river, and a second man has died after spending a week in the hospital from the same incident. 52-year-old Clifford Luther of Horseheads, NY died Tuesday at the Oswego Hospital after being pulled from the river on September 28. 45-year-old Leonard Nichols of Wellsburg, NY died last week.

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.

The Oswego River, along with the Salmon River, is a popular fishing spot this time of year because of the salmon run.

Oswego Mayor Randolph Bateman says Wednesday night's meeting will "enable the community to discuss ways to improve fishing safety on the Oswego River and to determine how we can work together to prevent a repeat of the tragedy that occurred last week."

The mayor says representatives from Brookfield Power, the Oswego Port Authority, Oswego County, the State DEC Police, the Canal Corporation, the U.S. Coast Guard, Oswego Fire Department and Police Department, local fishermen and drift boat captains have been invited to attend the meeting to offer their input on the matter.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the EconoLodge on East First Street. Bateman says the public is invited to attend.