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Person Flips Canoe, Then Pulled From Water In Dramatic Hudson Valley Rescue Person Flips Canoe, Then Pulled From Water In Dramatic Hudson Valley Rescue
Person Flips Canoe, Then Pulled From Water In Dramatic Hudson Valley Rescue A person was rescued from the water after they were found clinging to a kayak in a Hudson Valley pond. The rescue happened in Putnam County at around 2:40 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, when a forest ranger with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation saw a person in the water while patrolling White Pond in the town of Kent.  According to the DEC, the person had rolled their canoe and could not flip it back over. Although they could not swim, they were able to grab a nearby kayak.  The ranger then attached a throw rope to the person in the water and tied it to t…
New Update: Missing Swimmer's Body Pulled From Hudson River In Dobbs Ferry New Update: Missing Swimmer's Body Pulled From Hudson River In Dobbs Ferry
New Update: Missing Swimmer's Body Pulled From Hudson River In Dobbs Ferry This story has been updated.  The body of a swimmer who went missing after taking a dip in the Hudson River in Westchester was recovered following an intense recovery effort.  The person's disappearance happened on Monday, July 8 around 6 p.m., when a swimmer was reported to be in distress in the Hudson River by the area of Dobbs Ferry's Waterfront Park, according to the Dobbs Ferry Fire Department.  Arriving crews spoke to witnesses, who said they saw a swimmer go under the water around 30 feet from the shoreline who did not resurface.  More personnel were then called…
Harmful Algae Blooms Close Pair Of Northern Westchester Beaches Harmful Algae Blooms Close Pair Of Northern Westchester Beaches
Harmful Algae Blooms Close Pair Of Northern Westchester Beaches Two beaches in Northern Westchester are closed thanks to an outbreak of harmful algae blooms that could harm the health of swimmers who come into contact with it.  New, updated report - Summer Bummer: High Bacteria Levels Force Beach To Close In New Rochelle Two beaches in Mohegan Lake are closed until further notice due to the algae blooms, the Westchester County Department of Health announced on Monday, July 8.  The affected beaches are:  Mohegan Colony Association; Mohegan Beach Park District.  The decision to close the beaches was a "precautionary measure,"&n…
Alert Issued For Missing 19-Year-Old Hartsdale Woman Alert Issued For Missing 19-Year-Old Hartsdale Woman
Alert Issued For Missing 19-Year-Old Hartsdale Woman Authorities are searching for a woman with autism who has been missing from Westchester for several days.  Michelle Higgs, age 19, was last seen on South Central Avenue in Hartsdale at around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, according to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.  Higgs, who has autism, was last seen wearing a burgundy sweater, a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and tan moccasins.  She is described as 5-foot-5 and 150 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.  According to authorities, Higgs is believed to be in the local area and is attracted to…
Man Rescued After Falling From Overturned, Disabled Jet Ski Into Hudson River In Yonkers Man Rescued After Falling From Overturned, Disabled Jet Ski Into Hudson River In Yonkers
Man Rescued After Falling From Overturned, Disabled Jet Ski Into Hudson River In Yonkers With plenty of great weather on the horizon, authorities in Westchester are reminding residents to be careful while out on the water after rescuing a man from the Hudson River who fell from a disabled jet ski.  The department announced on Friday, May 31, that the rescue happened over Memorial Day weekend in Yonkers. Officers from the Yonkers Police Marine Unit pulled a jetskier from the Hudson River.  According to the department, the events leading up to the rescue began when the man tied his jet ski to his friend's jet ski.  At this point, his friend accidentally accelerate…
Sewage Threat: Residents Warned To Stay Out Of Hudson River In Westchester Sewage Threat: Residents Warned To Stay Out Of Hudson River In Westchester
Sewage Threat: Residents Warned To Stay Out Of Hudson River In Westchester New, updated story: New Update: Sewage No Longer Being Released In Hudson River In Sleepy Hollow, Advisory Remains As a sewer pump station force main break forces partially treated sewage to be temporarily released into the Hudson River, officials are warning residents to stay out of the water until the repair is made.  The force main break was discovered at the Tarrytown Sewer Pump Station on Monday, July 10 following a sight inspection by the county's Department of Environmental Facilities.  The county's emergency contractor, ELQ, was then immediately called to b…
'Unusual Odor' In Hudson Valley Sparks Fears Of Contamination From Chemical Train Derailment 'Unusual Odor' In Hudson Valley Sparks Fears Of Contamination From Chemical Train Derailment
'Unusual Odor' In Hudson Valley Sparks Fears Of Contamination From Chemical Train Derailment This story has been updated. Environmental officials in New York are investigating multiple reports of strange odors in the air, sparking concerns they may be tied to the chemical train derailment in eastern Ohio, about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh, and its subsequent fire. In a statement to Daily Voice on Friday, Feb. 17, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said it is responding to reports in the Hudson Valley of an “unusual odor in the air.” “DEC has not received any reports from regulated emissions sources about releases that could contribute to the odors describe…
Trapped Rafters Rescued From Fast-Moving Hudson Valley River Trapped Rafters Rescued From Fast-Moving Hudson Valley River
Trapped Rafters Rescued From Fast-Moving Hudson Valley River First responders came to the aid of a pair of rafters from Long Island who were trapped in a river in the Hudson Valley, authorities announced. First responders from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Wassaic Fire Department, and Town of Amenia EMS were dispatched to a stretch of Ten Mile River at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 18, where there was a report of a man and woman in the middle of the river holding on to a log. Due to the complexity of the rescue, they established a unified command system was established and additional resources were requested to the scene including: …
Summer Camp Safety Tips From Phelps Summer Camp Safety Tips From Phelps
Summer Camp Safety Tips From Phelps Summer is here! It is a time for playing outside, riding bikes, swimming in the pool, and building sandcastles at the beach. As COVID-19 cases continue to decline and restrictions are being lifted, many children are excited to return to summer camps this year. Recent AAP guidance supports children participating in these summer activities as they provide multiple benefits to children. Studies have shown that camps with proper safety measures in place have been successful at limiting COVID-19 spread, so it is important for parents, children, and caregivers to follow the recommended guidelines…
Body Of 20-Year-Old Recovered From Creek In Hudson Valley, Police Say Body Of 20-Year-Old Recovered From Creek In Hudson Valley, Police Say
Body Of 20-Year-Old Recovered From Creek In Hudson Valley, Police Say The body of a 20-year-old Hudson Valley man has been recovered by law enforcement from an area creek after a possible drowning was reported. The incident took place around 6:20 p.m., Tuesday, June 29, when the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office, New Hackensack Fire Department, and Town of Wappinger Ambulance to a possible drowning in the Wappinger Creek located behind the Wappingers Falls Trailer Park on New Hackensack Road. First arriving responders used a citizen’s rowboat to begin searching for a missing male swimmer, said Lieutenant Shawn Castano. Additional reso…
Off-Duty, Rookie Lifeguard Riding Bike Home On NY Boardwalk Saves Swimmer In Distress Off-Duty, Rookie Lifeguard Riding Bike Home On NY Boardwalk Saves Swimmer In Distress
Off-Duty, Rookie Lifeguard Riding Bike Home On NY Boardwalk Saves Swimmer In Distress A fast-acting, off-duty lifeguard on his way home from work on his bike came to the rescue of a swimmer in distress off a Long Island boardwalk, officials said. City of Long Beach rookie lifeguard Nickoli Alfasi was riding his bike home from work at approximately 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 24 when he spotted a swimmer in distress on the National Boulevard Beach. Officials said that Alfasi - the son of Louis Alfasi, an Executive Officer of the Long Beach Professional Firefighters - notified the Long Beach Police Department before going into the water and rescuing the swimmer, who was being sw…
Legionella Bacteria Found In Water At School District In Westchester Legionella Bacteria Found In Water At School District In Westchester
Legionella Bacteria Found In Water At School District In Westchester A Westchester school district is reporting that Legionella bacteria, the cause of Legionnaires’ disease has been discovered in two of its schools. The Scarsdale School District alerted parents that legionella was found at the Scarsdale Middle School and the Quaker Ridge School, possibly caused by the extended school closures due to COVID-19, which left pipes sitting idle for months. Testing at the school for the bacteria was conducted on Friday, Sept. 4, and the results were reported later in the month. In response to the discovery of Legionella, the district covered all water fountains an…
One Dead, Three Hospitalized After Boat Overturns In Long Island Sound One Dead, Three Hospitalized After Boat Overturns In Long Island Sound
One Dead, Three Hospitalized After Boat Overturns In Long Island Sound One person has died and three others have been hospitalized after a 17-foot boat overturned in the Long Island Sound, authorities said. Emergency responders rushed to the scene at around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 after Coast Guard Long Island Sound announced over marine frequency a capsized boat located in the area of Middle Ground, Long Island Sound, Stratford Shoal Buoy, Captain Kevin Gilleran of the Bridgeport Police Department said. The US Coast Guard responded from Eatons Neck in the Town of Huntington on Long Island and located three male victims, and took them safely onto …
ID Released For Boy, 8, Who Died After Boat Carrying Eight Flipped Over In Area ID Released For Boy, 8, Who Died After Boat Carrying Eight Flipped Over In Area
ID Released For Boy, 8, Who Died After Boat Carrying Eight Flipped Over In Area An 8-year-old boy who drowned after being underwater for some time when a boat carrying seven children and one adult flipped over in Haverstraw Bay has been identified. Yosef Goldman, of Israel, died around 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, after becoming trapped under the boat which flipped about 100 feet off of Haverstraw Bay, said the Rockland County Sheriff's Office. According to Sheriff's officials, the boat flipped over sending all eight occupants into the water. Most clung to the boat until help arrived, but the boy went underwater and was trapped under the boat. The child was recovered …
Teen Found Under Water After Being Swept Away By Long Island Sound Current Teen Found Under Water After Being Swept Away By Long Island Sound Current
Teen Found Under Water After Being Swept Away By Long Island Sound Current A teen swimming with three of his friends was rescued after being overcome by the incoming tide in the South Benson/Ash Creek area of Long Island Sound near the Bridgeport/Fairfield border. The rescue took place around 6:08 p.m., Thursday, July 11, when the Fairfield Fire Department received a 911 call regarding the teen who failed to resurface after going underwater, said Fairfield Fire Lt. Robert Smith. The department's marine unit arrived in the area within four minutes under the command of Lt. Eric McKeon, and began searching for the missing teen, Smith said. Fairfield Police…
Man Drowns In Westchester Watercraft Accident On Hudson River Man Drowns In Westchester Watercraft Accident On Hudson River
Man Drowns In Westchester Watercraft Accident On Hudson River A 31-year-old man drowned after becoming stranded in the Hudson River after falling off a personal watercraft in Westchester, according to the police. The incident took place around 6:45 p.m. Monday when Yonkers Police responded to the JFK Marina off Warburton Avenue on a report a stranded personal watercraft with a male and female missing, said Det. Sgt. Dean Politopoulos. Members of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Marine Unit and Aviation Unit provided support services. Empress Ambulance services were also dispatched. The female passenger of the watercraft was located …
Man Clinging To Branch After Trying To Save Dog Rescued From Croton River Man Clinging To Branch After Trying To Save Dog Rescued From Croton River
Man Clinging To Branch After Trying To Save Dog Rescued From Croton River A simple walk with his dog turned into a nightmare for a man who ended up clinging to a tree branch to keep from drowning in the rushing water of the Croton River. The man became stranded while chasing his dog who ran into the water in the Croton Gorge Park section of the river around 7 p.m. Wednesday, said the Croton Fire Department on Facebook. A passerby noticed the man and called 911. After receiving the call, Croton Fire headed to the river with a water rescue unit along with the Yorktown Fire Water Rescue team, EMS responders from Ossining and Croton, Westchester County Police Depart…