While Gary Gladis Jr., of Geneva, jumped into Seneca Lake to save his 11-year-old niece — authorities say she would tread water for around 45-minutes before being rescued by boaters.
Those sailors say they almost didn’t even realize that 11-year-old was a stranded swimmer.
She didn’t have a lifejacket, according to the pair who was identified as Nancy and John Gilbride. The two are avid sailors and were on their 30-foot sailboat.
The pair said that the trip was a last-minute venture out onto Seneca Lake, but in hindsight — was probably their most-important sail of the year.
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