Conesus Lake - Undersheriff James Szczesniak commends the efforts of all first responders involved in the response to Conesus Lake this am, Just prior to 7:00am the E911 center received multiple calls of an overturned boat with multiple persons in the water. Upon arrival emergency personnel learned that SUNY Geneseo's crew Team was practicing this morning when their 9 persons rowing shell began taking on water. The water conditions had worsened during the practice session and the coach had all the shells heading back to base at Long Point Park in the Town of Geneseo. The crew was near center lake just north of Eagle Point when the shell became submerged at water level. Coach Jason Rich coordinated the incident and the shell was overturned which allowed all occupants to maintain contact with the vessel and get further out of the water.
As personnel arrived the Coach continued to bring the members to shore 3 at a time and all members were checked by EMS personnel, some members were in the cold water for nearly 15 minutes, but all were treated and released at the scene. Geneseo Fire Department had coordinated a water response with the Lakeville and Livonia FD's, but Geneseo FD was the only agency who's boat needed to be launched to assist in the recovery of the vessel. "We are fortunate that our Lake residents are conscious of their surroundings and alerted the 911 center quickly this morning".
As we begin another boating season in Livingston County everyone needs to be certain they are prepared for such incidents when going on the water and this morning it was clear that a potential tragedy was avoided by good preparation by the SUNY crew Team and a quick response of our first responders serving the Conesus Lake Community. Personnel from Geneseo and Livonia Ambulances responded to the scene as well as multiple members of the Livingston County Sheriff's Office.