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July 9, 2013

DEP rescues two men from reservoir

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — Two men were rescued and in good condition after their boat capsized in the Cannonsville Reservoir on Friday night, a media release issued Monday from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection said.

DEP police, local firefighter and emergency crews rescued the men, who weren’t identified, after their boats capsized. The release, which didn’t indicate if personal flotation devices were worn or available, reported that: 

Police responded to a 911 call at 7:18 p.m. Friday reporting that a boat had capsized on the reservoir within sight of the boat access ramp along state Route 10 in Walton. DEP police saw two men clinging to the boat when they arrived.

DEP Police Sgt. Thomas Reis, a rescue swimmer, swam to the men to help them stay afloat. He was assisted by Trout Creek firefighters, who commandeered a rowboat until additional first responders arrived from the Deposit Fire Department.

Deposit First Assistant Chief Christopher Zacharias and Capt. Eric Dermitt, both certified in water rescue, launched an inflatable boat and helped remove the victims from the water. The men were treated by Trout Creek emergency crews and signed off to decline any further medical attention. 

The boaters said their vessel flipped after one of the men slipped and fell inside the boat.