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Quick response by boaters, first responders saves woman on Canandaigua Lake

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In an exemplary display of collaboration between the public and first responders, a woman experiencing a medical crisis while boating on Canandaigua Lake was successfully rescued, according to Ontario County Sheriff David Cirencione.


The incident, which occurred on Sept. 3, involved boaters who contacted the 911 Center after realizing a female passenger had become unresponsive and lacked a pulse.

Dispatchers relayed CPR instructions over the phone, allowing the passengers to provide critical care. Meanwhile, the boat was directed to Bristol Harbor to rendezvous with emergency personnel.

Shortly after the boat reached Bristol Harbor, the woman’s pulse returned, and she regained consciousness.

She was subsequently transported to a Rochester hospital and has since made a recovery. Cirencione commended the combined efforts of the woman’s co-passengers, the 911 Center, and the fire/EMS teams from Cheshire and Canandaigua.