Two men escape Cayuga Lake without injuries after boat capsizes

2013-01-11T09:20:00Z 2013-01-11T21:35:45Z Two men escape Cayuga Lake without injuries after boat capsizesThe Citizen staff Auburn Citizen
January 11, 2013 9:20 am  • 

Two men emerged safely from the waters of Cayuga Lake Friday morning after the boat carrying both men capsized as they tried to retrieve a dropped paddle, state police reported.

At 8:34 a.m., police and multiple other rescue and emergency agencies responded to a call that two men needed assistance on Cayuga Lake.

According to police, Shawn L. Church, 38, of Port Byron, was in his boat hunting ducks at the north end of Cayuga Lake in an area known as the Mud Locks, a location between Cayuga Lake and the Seneca River. The address of the incident was 6817 River Road, Aurelius.

Police said Church was flagged down by fellow boater Thomas Young, 20, of Weedsport. Church drove his boat over to assist Young, and Young told Church that he had lost his boat paddle and asked for help locating it, police said.

Young got in Church's boat and in the Seneca River, south of the locks, a large wave hit Church's boat and it capsized, according to police.

Church swam to shore and got help from New York State Canal System employees. Church, at that point, did not know Young's location, police said.

Emergency personnel were dispatched to locate Young. Shortly after, Young was located on the shore, having made it back to his boat, which then drifted to shore, police said.

Both men were evaluated by emergency medical personnel — Church at the scene and Young at Auburn Community Hospital. Neither of the men were injured, police said.

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