Rescue on Cayuga Lake
According to a press release by the Ithaca Fire Department, four people were rescued yesterday afternoon on Cayuga Lake. The press release states that the incident occurred after a boat taken out by junior sailors became “too difficult to handle” due to strong winds from the north. Camp counselors immediately responded, going out in an open bow motor boat to get the children to shore. However, soon after the junior sailors came aboard the boat began to sink as winds blew them further south. All involved were eventually rescued by land based and water rescue crews and two were taken to Cayuga Medical Center due to head injuries. The boat operator “was evaluated by Bangs Ambulance and was cold and shaken but unharmed.”
The water at the time was in the mid 70’s, which although not particularly deadly is still quite cold. According to the Personal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association, any water less than 70 degrees Fahrenheit can cause hypothermia.
Thanks to the usage of life jackets no lives were lost.