BRIDGEPORT, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) –First responders on Oneida Lake say they are seeing more traffic this year than in years past.
NewsChannel 9 got on board with the Bridgeport Fire Department to see what they look for on the water.
“I contribute the boat traffic on Oneida Lake, it’s higher than normal, due to how wet our spring was and folks not being able to get out and enjoy the short season we actually have,” said Bridgeport Assistant Fire Chief Jim Ostrowski.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Brewerton, about ten percent all registered vessels in New York State are registered in the four Counties surrounding Oneida Lake and that does not include non-registered boats such as canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards.
First responders remind boaters to always have a life jacket and a plan when out boating.
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