Man airlifted after near-drowning on Seneca Lake, remains in fair condition

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DRESDEN, N.Y. (WETM) – A 29-year-old man was airlifted after a near-drowning on Seneca Lake in Dresden on July 4.

Yates County Sheriff Deputies responded to the lake around 4 p.m. for a possible drowning. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the man was swimming with friends while their boats were anchored just south of Dresden. When the man failed to resurface, his friends located him under one of the boats and were able to bring him to shore.

  • Man airlifted after near-drowning on Seneca Lake
  • Man airlifted after near-drowning on Seneca Lake
  • Man airlifted after near-drowning on Seneca Lake
  • Man airlifted after near-drowning on Seneca Lake
  • Man airlifted after near-drowning on Seneca Lake

The victim was transported by Penn Yan Ambulance to a landing zone where he was airlifted by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital. According to Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike, the patient’s condition is “fair but improving” and that he’s still intubated.

The sheriff’s office says the investigation is ongoing.

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