Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce is crediting an off-duty deputy and local resident with saving the life of multiple individuals who had fallen into Seneca Lake in the area of 5816 East Lake Road in Romulus.
On Saturday, around 10 p.m. multiple agencies were dispatched for the report of multiple females in distress — possibly drowning in Seneca Lake.
Upon arrival Luce says deputies found three female had been out in a two person paddle boat, which began to sink. Without any personal flotation devices on-board — the first female — identified as Alyssa Staba, 22, of Depew was able to swim to shore in the 48 degree water.
The second female, identified as Cierra Green, 23, of Scio, was pulled into shore after going limp in the freezing water by a local civilian — identified as George Gedon, 57, of East Lake Road. Green was found to be unconscious with atonal breathing.
An off-duty deputy was first on-scene and performed CPR on Green, who then regained consciousness before being transported to Geneva General Hospital by South Seneca Ambulance.
The third female — identified as Miranda Brown, 22, of Syracuse was conscious and alert when met by first responders but could not move due to hypothermia from being in the cold water. She was transported to Geneva General Hospital by Trumansburg Ambulance.
Staba was later checked over at Geneva General and cleared without injuries. Green and Brown were later stabilized and released from the hospital without further injuries.
New York State Park Police will issue tickets to each of the females for failing to have personal flotation devices on-board.
Deputies were assisted by New York State Police, New York State Park Police, Romulus Fire, Border City Fire, Ovid Fire, Trumansburg Ambulance, South Seneca Ambulance, North Seneca Ambulance. Bangs and Hector Ambulance were also on stand-by.
Now that recreational boating season has begun Sheriff Luce reminds the boating public to always have life jackets on-board. “Before venturing out on the water, be certain to have a float plan and write it down and leave it with a reliable person who can follow up in the event you don’t return on time,” Luce explained. “Items to be included in your float plan include: Who is on-board, where you are going and when you are expected to return. The more information you can provide will better improve the likelihood that search units will be able to locate you in the event that you break down or need assistance.”