GREAT SACANDAGA LAKE – A man was airlifted to Albany Medical Center Saturday evening after friends pulled him from Great Sacandaga Lake, Fulton County Sheriff’s Officials said.
The man, who was breathing and conscious at the scene, remained in serious condition Sunday morning, officials said.
The incident happened at about 7:30 p.m. at Mosquito Bay on the lake, officials said.
Rescuers were called then for a possible drowning. They soon determined that a man in his mid 30s entered the water from a pontoon boat, but did not come back to the surface.
His friends who were with him got him out of the water and started CPR. He was breathing and conscious by the time rescuers arrived.
He was transported by fire boat to Northampton Campsite and then airlifted to Albany Med.
The Northville Fire Department, Northampton Ambulance and GAVAC responded to the scene. Corinth, Edinburgh, Hope and Mayfield fire departments also assisted.
The rapid mutual aid response was critical in getting to the area and rendering Emergency aid, officials said.
Members of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, state police and DEC responded via fire and personal water craft.
Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino credited the man’s friends with their immediate response in recognizing something was wrong, pulling him from the water and beginning CPR.
Officials also thanked members of the public who transported officers by boat, as the law enforcement boat patrols had left the lake an hour before.