UPDATE: Multiple people rescued off the Cohocton River

Corning Bureau

BATH, N.Y. (WETM-TV) – The Bath Volunteer Fire Department provided an update Friday night on the Cohocton River rescue.

Here is the updated information and photos courtesy of Blake Jackson:

Photos courtesy of Blake Jackson

At 4:20 pm this afternoon the Savona Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for four people that needed to be rescued on the Cohocton River in the Town of Bath near the Scudder Road. Upon arrival they found two males and two females trapped on an island in the middle of the river. Savona then requested the Swift Water Rescue Team from Bath. The four started farther up the river where the water was calm on an air mattress and did not know the condition of the water downstream. When they hit this shallower area the water was moving much faster, then there was a bend which pulled them to the far side, and then into the tree across a portion of the river making what is called a strainer, which is what the four people got caught in and luckily they were able to climb out of it and get on the island. Strainers are very dangerous, and the water will rush under them and pull victims of them underwater.

The water rescue team surveyed the situation to see what the best method would be, and which area of the river was best to bring them across. The water was two to three feet deep in this area but with a fast current. Bath then called for water technicians from North and South Corning, who are part of The Steuben Regional Technical Rescue Teams, Swift Water Rescue with Bath. They were requested for backup in case more help would be needed. Bath technicians decided to move just upstream from where the four got in trouble and stretched a rope across the river. Life jackets were then sent over for the four to put on, and then one at a time were brought to the safety of the shore. They were all then escorted through the brush and taken to an awaiting Bath Volunteer Ambulance to be checked over. Fortunately, none of them had any serious injuries and did not need to be transported to a medical facility.

Great teamwork by all the departments and Bath Ambulance made for a successful outcome for what could very easily have been tragic. The four that were rescued ask for each of the technicians to come to the ambulance to thank them personally and said they all learned a big lesson on river safety. One should always use approved watercraft, survey the river before you launch, wear a life vest, and dress appropriately. Also, let someone know where you are going.

All units were back in service at 7:58 pm.

John Conrad Sr.
Public Information Officer
The Bath Volunteer Fire Dept.
Photos courtesy of Blake Jackson
Photos courtesy of Blake Jackson
Photos courtesy of Blake Jackson
Photos courtesy of Blake Jackson

UPDATE: Two boys and two girls, all appearing to be in at least their teens, who stranded on the Cohocton River have been rescued.

The four were going down the river and managed to get on an island in the middle of the river and were rescued by the Bath Water Rescue Team, with assistance from Corning’s unit.

18 News was first on the scene and captured exclusive video of the group returning to shore.

At least one of the people rescued is being checked by medical staff for possible hypothermia.

Director of Emergency Services for Steuben County Tim Marshall spoke with 18 News at the scene about what should be done before you go in a river.

This is a developing story and 18 News will have more information as it becomes available.


SAVONA N.Y. (WETM) – A river rescue involving multiple children in the Cohocton River is underway Friday evening, a first responder source tells 18 News.

The rescue is happening on Scudder Road near State Route 415 and the Savona, Bath and Corning Fire Departments are responding. Multiple boats have been dispatched to the scene from across Steuben County.

This is a breaking story and 18 News will have more information as it becomes available.

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