Searchers Successfully Rescue Missing Swimmer From Lake Erie

Image via Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel / Facebook.

DUNKIRK – Search crews safely located and rescued a missing swimmer in Lake Erie on Sunday.

Emergency crews were first dispatched to Point Gratiot around 3:30 in the afternoon.

A search by Chautauqua County Emergency Services, the county Wet Team, the county Technical Rescue Team, Chautauqua County Sheriff, City of Dunkirk Fire Department, Dunkirk Police Department, and the U.S. Coast Guard then ensued.

Image via Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel / Facebook.

After 30 minutes, police scanner reports indicated the man, who is in his 20s, was spotted near the cliffs by the Dunkirk Lighthouse.

“Great work today by a huge “Unity of effort” to perform a successful rescue at Point Gratiot on Lake Erie today,” said Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel who posted about the search in social media. “This is why we frequently train together and communicate with each other, to ensure a smooth operation when it is needed the most.”

Image via Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel / Facebook.

Crews were able to successfully rescue the man from a nearby cliff.


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