Rescuers save kayaker

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ONEIDA LAKE — One woman was saved from the choppy waters of Oneida Lake after her kayak tipped over without a life jacket Sunday afternoon, according to rescue personnel.

Cleveland Fire Chief Shaun House said he dove into the water to help the woman himself.

“She was out there fighting for about half an hour,” House said this morning.

“She was trying to swim in, but she wasn’t making it far because of the current.”

House said the woman had taken her kayak into the water off Orchard Drive on the north side of the lake because a paddle board had flown off into the water from her property. Thunderstorms were moving into the area Sunday afternoon, leading to heavy winds and
choppy water. “She ended up tipping over in the kayak,” House stated.

The chief said the woman was not wearing a life jacket and either tried to swim or clung to the side of her kayak. About half an hour later, he said a resident on Orchard Drive noticed that the woman had been out in the water for a while, so he called 9-1-1 at about 3:14 p.m.

The woman was about 400 yards from the shore, the chief stated.

House explained that he was the first responding officer on the scene, so he pulled on his own life jacket and dove into the water to save her. He said the woman and her kayak were pulled back to shore, safe and sound.

“She’s fine,” House stated.

The Cleveland and Sylvan Beach fire departments were dispatched to the rescue call.

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