WCSO: One man fighting for his life after assisting in Sodus Point water rescue

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SODUS POINT, N.Y. (WROC) — Officials say one man is in the hospital, fighting for his life after he attempted to help save a few women at Sodus Point Thursday afternoon.

They say three women were swimming off the pier when the water pulled them under.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office says one of the good Samaritans who jumped in to help is now at Rochester General fighting for his life.

“Responding deputies, a sergeant, donned his life jacket and rescue rope and was able to get into the water and help the teenage girl stay afloat while bystanders helped,” said Lt. Robert Miley with the WCSO.

The women are being treated at the hospital.

“So we pulled up to come to the beach and there was this kid possibly an older adult on this white raft and the waves were kind of crazy and there was a boat riding out there they got smacked off the raft and they smacked their heads,” said Carzell Kemp, who helped with the rescue.

The Sheriff’s Office says the accident should never have happened.

“There is no permitted swimming right now at Sodus Point beach, there’s signs posted all over the place there’s no swimming and no lifeguard on duty,” says Lt. Miley.

According to the Sodus Point Beach Park website, Covid-19 restrictions in-place have lifeguards listed as off-duty for the season.

“The water will pull you out. The undercurrent is strong. The waves can be overwhelming,” said Lt. Miley.

This is a developing story, News 8 will provide updates as they become available.

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