Search continues for missing swimmer on Oneida Lake who went missing Friday

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UPDATE: Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol and the Marine Patrol dive crew spent the weekend trying to recover a missing swimmer from Oneida Lake.

Search efforts thus far have been unsuccessful.

A second rescue call was activated and assets on that scene were sent to an active rescue on Saturday. Rescuers were able to locate that victim on Sunday.

Resources from Rochester and State Police are being used in the continued effort.


TOWN OF LENOX (WSYR-TV) – Multiple agencies responded to a reported drowning on Oneida Lake on Friday evening. The search has continued throughout Saturday as well.

Madison County 911 dispatchers tell NewsChannel 9 that the call first came in around 6:30 p.m. by Callahan’s Marina off of Route 31.

Onondaga County Air One helicopter assisting with search efforts.

Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol says crews are looking for a person who went swimming from a boat and did not resurface.

Bridgeport Water Rescue along with several other agencies are all responding. The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating.

According to Sylvan Beach Fire Chief Richard Johnson, the search will continue in the morning.

“We get a lot of information from the U.S.Coast Guard, they’ll actually give us a map tomorrow, and we’ll factor in the wind and current that happened overnight so if there is a body they can help us track it to the position where they think it might be,” Johnson said.

Sylvan Beach Fire Department, North Bay Fire Department, Cleveland Fire Department, Constantia Fire Department, West Monroe Fire Department, Eaton Fire Department, Cazenovia Fire Department, Wampsville Fire Department, Clinton Fire Department, Brewerton Fire Department, South Bay Fire Department, Bridgeport Fire Department, Canastota Fire Department, Greater Lenox Ambulance, United States Coast Guard, Oneida County Sheriff’s, Oswego County Sheriff’s and Madison County Sheriff’s all responded to the incident.

Search efforts continue on Oneida Lake.

This is a Developing Story. Check back for updates as they become available.

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