OSWEGO — One of the Port City’s finest braved the Oswego River’s frigid waters this weekend to save a woman in danger of drowning.
According to Police Chief Tory DeCaire, members of the Oswego Police Department (OPD) responded to 9-1-1 reports of “screams believed to be originating from the river” shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday.
A search by the OPD Patrol Division located a female victim floating in the water on the west side of the Oswego River, DeCaire said, and the victim was “in and out of consciousness and appeared struggling to stay afloat.”
A quick-thinking officer tossed the victim one of the lifesaving rings that line West Linear Park, “but she was unable to grab the ring due to her weakened state,” according to DeCaire.
At that point, an OPD patrol officer entered the water and secured the victim before being pulled to the bank by other members of OPD on scene.
DeCaire said the victim and officer were both treated for hypothermia at the scene and ultimately transported to a medical facility for evaluation and treatment. The officer was evaluated and discharged, according to police, while the victim “was admitted and is currently in stable condition.”
An investigation is ongoing into the circumstances surrounding how the victim came to be in the river and for how long. Police said based on the preliminary investigation, foul play does not appear to be a factor.