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Press Release - boat accident / near drowning / Seneca Lake



 The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on  Sat May 19, 2018 around 10pm, units from multiple agencies were dispatched to the area of 5816 East Lake Rd. Romulus New York for the report of multiple females in distress- possibly drowning in Seneca Lake.  Upon arrrival Deputies report they found that 3 females had been out in a two person  paddle boat, which began to sink,  without any personal flotation devices on board.  The first female , Alyssa Staba, age 22, of 128 Seabring Dr Depew NY, was able to swim in the 48 degree water  and made it to shore,  The second female, Cierra Green, age 23, of 4038 Co Rd 10 Scio NY, was pulled into shore after going limp in the freezing water by a local civilian, George Gedon age  57 of 5764 East Lake Road , Green  was found to be unconscious with agonal breathing. An off Duty Sheriff's Deputy was the 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, Miranda Brown, age 22, of 312 Hamilton St Syracuse NY, was conscious and alert when met by first responders but could not move due to hypothermia from being in the cold water. Brown was also transported to Geneva General Hospital by Trumansburg ambulance. Staba was later checked over by Geneva General Hospital and cleared with no 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 device on board. Deputies were assisted by the 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 standby.   Now that the recreational boating season has begun : Sheriff Tim Luce reminds the boating public to always have "Life Jackets" ( personal floatation devices) on board  , make sure you check to have them before you leave and that there are enough for each person on board and that they are all serviceable.  Sheriff Luce also states-  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. 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. Should your plans change during your trip be certain to notify the person with whom you filed your float plan.   

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