Rochester Fire Department puts water rescue skills to good use on Saturday

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - The Rochester Fire Department has reported that they were busy using their specialty skills Saturday evening.

Firefighters say around 4:45 p.m., fire crews were dispatched for a 22-year-old woman at the bottom of the gorge on the west side of the river at Maplewood Park.

Fire personnel say they hiked over 500 yards down into the gorge to locate the victim and assisted her across the river via the water rescue boat. She was transported to the hospital and the extent of her condition is unknown.

Immediately following, at 5:22 p.m., a call came for a woman in the Genesee River around 120 E. Main St.

Fire personnel say they provided upstream and downstream safety and deployed a ground ladder into the river. Members of Rescue 11 swam out to the patient, who was clinging to the bridge abutment under E. Main St.

Firefighters say the person was safely removed and turned over to ambulance personnel at the scene. Her condition is not known either.

"The members of our fire department spend a lot of time training for events such as these, and rescues like these would not be possible without our specialized knowledge and skills," said the Rochester Fire Department in a statement.


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