GENESEO, N.Y. - Nine members of the SUNY Geneseo crew team go for an unexpected swim when their row boat capsizes in Conesus Lake Thursday morning. All nine of the rowers are fine says Livingston County Undersheriff Jim Szczesniak “other than being extremely cold for spending about 15-minutes in the cold water they were treated and released.”
It happens near Eagle Point in Geneseo just before 7 a.m. after water conditions become rough during practice. The coach of the crew team orders the team back to the shore but the nine of them enter the water after their boat begins to fill with water. The coach then starts ferrying rowers three at a time back to shore in a motor boat.
“The preparation today clearly avoided any tragedies,” Undersheriff Szczesniak says, “Had they not had the motorized vessel it would have taken first responders some time to get there. By the time first responders had arrived they were just completing the removal.”
This time of year because of the cold lake temperatures in the region he says preparing to go out on the water like the SUNY Geneseo team is critical to safe boating. “They have the proper equipment, proper safety devices and the proper resources available to self extract themselves. That clearly proves beneficial to the entire community.”